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APRIL 23th and 29th, 1943 




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Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario 




An Especial Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of Canada was held in the Masonic 
Temple, Corner Scott Street and Portage Avenue, 
Fort Frances, Ontario, on Tuesday, the Eighth Day 
of September, A.D. 1942, A. Inv. 2472. 


M. Ex. Comp. Llewellyn F. Stephens, K.C Grand Z.] Grand 

R. Ex. Comp. N. S. Marsh as Grand H.}-Council 

R. Ex. Comp. Mark Barrett as Grand J.J 

M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith Grand Scribe E. 

Ex. Comp. P. C. Freeberg .'.'.' as Grand Scribe N. 

Ex. Comp. Wm. Dawkes as Grand Treasurer 

Ex. Comp. Herman Halbeck Grand Pr. Soj. 

Ex. Comp. H. A. McFayden Grand Sr. Soj. 

Ex. Comp. J. S. Kearney as Grand Jr. Soj. 

R. Ex. Comp. Richard Routley Grand Supt. Algoma 

District, No. 14 
V. Ex. Comp. H. F. Wees as Grand D. of C. 

Ex. Comp. F J. R. Marsh as Grand Organist 

Ex. Coimp. John Miller as Grand Outer Guard 

and the following assistants: — 
V. Ex. Comp. A. H. Watson, 

Ex. Comp. Wm. Hirst, 

Ex. Comp. John Gibson, P.H.P., Border Chapter, No. 95, G.C., Minne- 
sota, and Grand Rep. of G.C. of Scotland, 

Ex. Comp. Wm. Douglas, 

Ex. Comp. Wm. Morrison, 

Ex. Comp. B. F. Warner. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 8.45 p.m., 
when the Grand First Principal announced that the Especial 
Convocation had been called for the purpose of Dedicating the 
Chapter Room of Alberton Chapter, No. 152, G.R.C., Royal 
Arch Masons of Fort Frances, Ontario. 

The Ceremony being - concluded, the Most Excellent the 
Grand First Principal closed Grand Chapter at 10 o'clock p.m. 
(Central Daylight Saving Time). 

Grand Scribe E. 



AN Especial Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of Canada was held in the Masonic 
Hall, Durham Street, Madoc, Ontario, on Wednes- 
day, the Fourteenth Day of October, A.D. 1942, 
A. Inv. 2472. 


M. Ex. Comp. Wm. Y. Mills as Grand Z/| Grand 

R. Ex. Comp. Harvey Milne as Grand H. {"Council 

R. Ex. Comp. C. Alex. Sollitt as Grand J.J 

M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. J. 0. Harity ..._ as Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Gordon Howell Grand Scribe N. 

Ex. Comp. D. Kernohan Grand Pr. Soj. 

Ex. Comp. M. E. Johns Grand Sr. Soj. 

Ex. Comp. A. V. Gaebel as Grand Jr. Soj. 

R. Ex. Comp. Dr. J. W. Kinnear Grand Supt. of 

Prince Edward 
District No. 11 

Ex. Comp. A. E. Hunt as Grand Organist 

Ex. Comp. A. MacKenzie as Grand Outer Guard 

and the following' assistants: — 

R. Ex. Comp. W. J. Hill, 

R. Ex. Comp. James O. Benor, 

V. Ex. Comp. Dr. Scott, 

Ex. Comp. P. H. Naylor, 

Ex. Comp. L. K. Crawford, 

Ex. Comp. H. Tummon, 

Ex. Comp. George West. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Due Form at 9.05 o'clock 
p.m., when the Acting" Grand First Principal announced that 
the Eispecial Convocation had been called for the purpose of 
dedicating the Chapter Room for Madoc Chapter, No. 161, 
G.R.C., Royal Arch Masons of Madoc, Ontario. 

The Ceremony being concluded the Acting Grand First 
Principal closed Grand Chapter at 10.10 o'clock p.m. 

Grand Scribe E. 



AN Especial Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of Canada was held in the St. John's 
Hall, Picton, Ontario, on Thursday, the Fifteenth 
Day of October, A.D. 1942, A. Inv. 2472. 


M. Ex. Comp. Wm. Y. Mills as Grand Z.] Grand 

R. Ex. Comp. Harvey Milne Grand H. ^Council 

R. Ex. Comp. Herb. Thomson as Grand J.J 

M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. W. E. Vick Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Wm. Mikel, K.C Grand Treasurer 

V Ex. Comp. J. DeC. Hepburn as Grand Pr. Soj. 

Comp. E. Hodgson Grand Sr. Soj. 

Comp. A. E. Grinduod —.as Grand Jr. Soj. 

R. Ex. Comp. Dr. J. W. Kinnear Grand Supt. of 

Prince Edward 
District No. 11 

Comp. Gerald Cooper ~ as Grand Organist 

Comp. E. Duett as Grand Outer Guard 

and the following assistants: — 

R. Ex. Comp. C. S. McGillivary, 
R. Ex. Comp. M. R. Reid, 
R. Ex. Comp. Dr. G. W. Morden, 
R. Ex. Comp. C. H. Kinnear, 
V. Ex. Comp. Leonard Patrick, 

Ex. Oomip. Cnas. Hall, 

Ex. Comp. Jos. Winney. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Due Form at 9.05 o'clock 
p.m., when the Acting- Grand First Principal announced that 
the Especial Convocation had been called for the purpose of 
dedicating the Chapter Room for Prince Edward Chapter, 
No. 31, G.R.C., Royal Arch Masons of Picton, Ontario. 

The Ceremony being concluded the Acting Grand First 
Principal closed Grand Chapter at 10.20 o'clock p.m. 

Grand Scribe E. 







A. Inv. 




A.D. 1943, A. Inv. 2473 
(Ordered to be read in all Chapters and preserved) 





Grand First Principal Z. 

Most Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, was born at Salvage, Newfound- 
land, December 7th, 1890. He received his education at Bishop Fedld's 
College, St. John's, Newfoundland, and while attending Osgoode Hall, 
Toronto, Ontario, he offered his services in the First Great War, leaving 
in 1916 and returning to resume his studies in 1919, graduating with 
honours and was called to the Bar in 19'20. 

His Masonic activities have ibeen confined mainly to the Symbolic 
and 'Capitular degrees. He was initiated in Tasker Lodge, A.F & A.M., 
No. 454, St. John's, Newfoundland, Grand Registry of Scotland, April 
18th, 1912, affiliated with Shamrock Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Na 533, Tor- 
onto, Grand Registry of Canada, in the Province of Ontario, in 1925, 
and was elected Worshipful Master in 1931. 

In 1914 he was exalted a member of Occident Chapter, No. 77, 
R.A.M., G.R.C., Toronto, Ont,, and was erected Excellent First Principal 
Z. in 1932. He was Grand (Superintendent of Toronto West District 
No. 8A in 1935, a member of the Grand Executive 1937 and 1938 and 
in 1939 was elected Grand Third Principal J.; in 1941, Grand Second 
Principal H.; and on Alpril 29th, 1943, was elevated to the office of 
Grand First Principal Z. Companion Burden is a Past Tlhrice Illus- 
trious Master of Adonirum Council No. 2, R. & 'S.'M., Toronto, Ont., 
and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Grand Council of 
R. & S.M. of Ontario. 

Most Ex. Comip. Burden assisted the Toronto Districts 8 and 8A in 
the formation of the Royal Arch Masons' Welfare 'Committee in 1932, 
and was their First Chairman. He was also President of the Prin- 
cipals' Association in 1938. 

During the First Great War, he was '(Commissioned as Lieutenant, 
C.AJ3.C., in 1'9<16, but resigned and joined the University of Toronto 
Officers Training Corps as reserve for the Imperial Army. Later he 
was granted a further commission and proceeded overseas in command 
of an Infantry Unit. Once again he resigned his commission in the 
Canadian Army in England and enlisted as a Gunner in the Royal 
Garrison Artillery (6" Howitzer, Imperial Army), received a commis- 
sion in 1918 as Lieutenant, finally returning to 'Canada in 1919. 

Companion Burden's affiliations with Church and Clubs have placed 
him in the high respect of his associates. He was active in forming 
the new Parish of St. Timothy Anglican (Church in North Toronto, the 
first Rector's Warden, member and former chairman of its Finance 
and Advisory Committee and responsible for the erection of the present 
Parish Hall and iSunday ISchool. He is a member of The Kiwanis Club 
of Riverdale, Toronto, their President in 1935 ; Lieutenant Governor of 
Division No. 2, in 1937 and Governor of The Ontario, Quebec and 
Maritime District in 1941. He is also a member of the Ontario Club 
and the Canadian Bar Association. 

Companion Burden was married June 21st, 1920, to Harriet Crocker 
of Toronto, has three children, his son, Bruce C. Burden, after finish- 
ing second year in Political Economy at the University of Toronto, 
joined the Royal Canadian Artillery and holds the rank of Lieutenant; 
his two daughters are Marjory, a second year student at Trinity Col- 
lege, University of Toronto, and Helen attending Havergal College, 

Most Ex. Camp. John M. Burden, with his great knowledge of 
Organizations and his sincerity of purpose in these trying days, is 
held in the highest esteem by all who know him. E. S. 



The Eighty-fifth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada, Held in 
Concert Hall, Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, 
on April 28th and 29th, 1943 : — 

M. Ex. Comp. Llewellyn F. Stephens, K.C Grand Z.] Grand 

R. Ex. Comp. John Macdonald Burden - Grand H.^Council 

R. Ex. Comp. Andrew Herbert Monteith, K.C Grand J.J 

M. Ex. Comp. Walter G. Price, D.D.S Grand Treasurer 

M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith Grand Scribe E. 

M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner ....Grand Historian 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. William G. Kitchen Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. William Edward Tregenza Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Cotmp. John H. Rolston _... Grand Prin. Soj. 

V. Ex. Comp. Joseph Fleming Grand Sen. Soj. 

V. Ex. Comp. Geo. H. Pepper Grand Jr Soj. 

R. Ex. Comp. Albert Edward Selwey Grand Registrar 

V. Ex. Comp. Rev. J. W. Stewart asst. Grand Chaplain 

V. Ex. Comp. Harold Perkins Grand D. of C. 

V. Ex. Comp. J. Gilchrist as asst. Grand D. of C. 

V. Ex. Comp. James Alcorn as asst. Grand D. of C. 

Comp. Chas Musgrave as Grand Organist 

R. Ex. Comp. Chas. Fotheringham as asst. Grand Organist 

R. Ex. Comp. H J McCallum ,.- as Grand Pursuivant 

R Ex. Comp. A. E. Selwey .as asst. Grand Pursuivant 

Comp. Walter J. Harvey Grand Outer Guard 

Grand Superintendents 

R. Ex. Comp. John Maver Burnett St. Clair District No. 1 

R. Ex. Comp. Gordon Usher Howell ..London " " 2 

R. Ex. Comp. George Cordingley Brown Wellington " " 4 

R. Ex. Comp. John Herbert Forbes Hamilton " " 5 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Fotheringham Huron " " G 

R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Oamelford Niagara " "7 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert Harold Burton Cook....Toronto East " " 8 

R. Ex. Comp. Mortimer Louis Levy Toronto West " " 8a 

R. Ex. Comp. Herbert James Lougheed Georgian " " 9 

R. Ex. Comp. James Owen Benor Ontario " " 10 

R. Ex. Comp. James Wellington Kinnear.... Prince Edward " " 11 

R. Ex. Comp. Alfred Edward Seamark St. Lawrence " " 12 

R. Ex. Comp. Milton Lemuel Perry Ottawa " " 13 

R. Ex. Comp. Richard Routly Algoma " " 14 

R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Edward Cribb New Ontario " " 15 

R. Ex. Comp. James Goodman Temiskaimng " " 16 

Past Grand Z.'s 

Most Ex. Comps. Edwin Smith; Walter G. Price; George L. Gardiner, 
W. Y. Mills, and R. B. Dargavel. 



A Constitutional number of Chapters being represented by 
their qualified officers, the Eighty-fifth Annual Convocation 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada was 
opened in Ample Form at ten o'clock a.m. 


The following distinguished guests were introduced by the 
Grand Director of Ceremonies, Very Ex. Comp. Harold 
Perkins : 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Quebec — 
Most Ex. Comp. Chas. Pullen, Grand Z.; Most Ex. Comp. 
Walter Williamson, Past Grand Z. and Grand Scribe E., and 
Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter of Canada near 
the Grand Chapter of Quebec. 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Alberta, — 
Mast Ex. Comp. J. Edgar Rannard, Grand Z.; Most Ex. Comp. 
C. Harry Minchin, Past Grand Z. 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Manitoba — 
Most Ex. Comp. Cecil J. Hutchings, Grand Z. 

The Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of British Colum- 
bia—Mast Ex. Comp. Dr. G. E, L. Mackinnon, I.P.G.Z. 

The Grand Chapter of the State of New York, Royal 
Arch Masons — Most Ex. Comp. George A. Lambert, Grand 
High Priest; Most Ex. Comp. Wright J. Burley, Past Grand 
High Priest; Right Ex. Comp. Robt. L. Donovan, Grand 
Master 2nd Veil; Right Ex. Comp. Clifford A. MacDonald, 
Grand Representative of Grand Chapter of Canada near the 
Grand Chapter of New York. 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Michigan — 
Most Ex. Comp. Clyde N. Wilson, P.G.H. Priest and Grand 
Secretary; Right Ex. Comp. James Fairbairn Smith — Grand 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Virginia- 
Most Ex. Comp. C. E. Webber, Grand High Priest. 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Ohio— Most 
Ex. Comp. George Schoedinger, Grand High Priest. 

The Grand Holy Royal Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania — 
Most Ex. Comp. Robert J. Arnett, Grand High Priest. 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Jersey — Most Ex. 
Comp. Gustav B. Whitehead, Grand High Priest; R. Ex. Comp. 
Dr. Geoffrey Pittis, Grand Representative of the Grand Chap- 
ter of Canada near the Grand Chapter of New Jersey. 


General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the 
United States of America. — Most Excellent Conip. Roscoe R. 
Walcott, General Grand Secretary. 

Excellent Conip. Col. Alexander L. Johnson, Blue Mountain 
Chapter, No. 550, Lawson, New South Wales, Australia; Past 
Master Scottish Lodge, Manila, Philippine Islands, G.L. Scot- 


The Grand Council Royal and Select Masters of Ontario — 
Ex. Comp. John A. MacDonald Taylor, Most Illustrious Grand 

The Sovereign Great Priory of Canada of the United 
Order of the Temple of Malta, Knights Templar — Ex. Comp. 
Ross L. Dobbin, Deputy Grand Master and representing the 
Suipreme Grand Master; Comp. A- ; Bert Barr, Past Most 
Eminent Supreme Grand Master. 

The Supreme Council 33° Ancient and Accepted Scottish 
Rite of Freemasonry for the Dominion of Canada — Comp. 
Douglas G. Miclllwraith, Most Puissant Sovereign Comman- 
der, Comp. George H. Ross, Lieut. Grand Commander. 

The Grand Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of 
Canada in the Province of Ontark> — Comp. T. C. Wardley, 
The Right Worship Deputy Grand Master and representing 
the Most Worshipful ,the Grand Master; Comp. Ewart G. 
Dixon, The Right Worshipful Grand Secretary. 

The delegates joined in singing the Hymn — 

The Grand Chaplain, R. Ex. Comp. Wm. G. Kitchen, 
offered the Invocation: 


Almighty and Eternal God, our heavenly Father, as we are assembled 
this morning in this 85th Annual Convocation of Royal Arch Masons, 
we pause in reverence and humility before Thee to acknowledge thy 
wisdom, thy goodness and thy power, and to implore thy blessing. 
Under thy divine providence we are permitted to assemble, and in 
thy great Name, O Merciful God, we would fulfil the duties of the hour. 
May all that is planned or done in the proceedings of this convocation 
be in accord with thy holy will and be the subject of thy favor and 

Abundantly bless all that has been good in the work of the past 
year. We thank Thee for many golden opportunities and pray Thee 
to forgive us wherein we may have failed rightly to appreciate and to 
use them. Grant unto us every one, we pray Thee, fresh zeal and 
earnestness and joy in the work of the year to come. 

To our Grand Council and to all who with them serve, grant wisdom 


and understanding for the task that is theirs. May the beauty and 
the fullness of the eternal light that ever shines from the open Volume 
of the Sacred Law be their constant inspiration and guide. May 
Royal Arch Masonry become a mighty instrument in thy hands for 
the promotion of righteousness, purity, justice and truth, in every 
community, and an ever more effective power for peace and goodwill 
among men. Vanquish the forces of brutal cruelty and aggression; 
and speed, we beseech Thee the day of a just and righteous peace. 

Keep safely under thy divine protection our beloved King George 
VI, and Queen Elizabeth, and all the Royal IHouse; endue them with 
strong courage enrich them with thy wisdom, and comfort them with 
thy love. To thy divine care we commend all of our Companions who 
have gone out from home and Chapter to contend for the freedom 
of mankind. In thy tender compassion, our Father, grant such holy 
consolations as can come only from Thee to those whose loved ones 
have gone out to return no more. We supplicate thy Iblessing upon 
all the allies whom Thou hast caused to strive with us in the world 
struggle, especially upon the President and iCongress of the United 
States. Lend to them courage and vision, and keeness of judgment, 
and unfailing purpose to ipromote justice and righteousness and free- 
dom in all the earth. 

And now, O God, be with us in all the deliberations of this our 
present convocation. Graciously be with him who presides. We thank 
Thee for the happy fellowship we are privileged to enjoy with the 
visitors who have come to sojourn with us for awhile. May this 
fellowship be eloquent of that brotherly love that ever distinguishes 
all true companions of the Holy Royal Arch wheresoever on earth they 
may be found. 

Grant these mercies, O gracious God, for thy great Name's sake. 
So mote it be. 

The delegates then joined in singing the National 
Anthems : 




Most Excellent Companion George L. Gardiner welcomed 
the Distinguished Guests: 

By the grace of our unselfish Grand Z — and no doubt as a tribute 
to these gray hairs indicative of advancing years — I am again privileged 
to be the medium through which Grand Chapter extends a warm fra- 
ternal greeting to our many honored guests. Despite war-time regu- 
lations and travelling restrictions, we (have with us this morning not 
only the rulers of the various (branches of iMasonry within our own 
borders, but also distinguished craftsmen from far and! near represent- 
ing iSister Jurisdictions. I desire to assure these Companions that 
their very presence will do much toward making for the success of this 
Convocation, while from the messages which they bring with them, we 
hope to derive much inspiration and encouragement. 

At a time of grave crisis such as we are passing through today, 
when Christianity, our way of life — indeed our very freedom is chal- 
lenged and assailed on all sides by the powers of paganism and oppres- 


sion ; at a time when each one of lis has before him a mind picture 
of the grim and terrible drama being enacted throughout the civilized 
world, it seems natural that under these conditions, our thoughts this 
morning are directed to the ebb and flow of battle in the world-wide 
struggle in which we are engaged, and we find ourselves thinking also 
of the future of that wonderful heritage of freedom handed down by 
our forefathers; a glorious heritage won for us in the dim and distant 
past at great cost of life! and treasure. 

iLet me borrow a thought and a few words from an inspiring ad- 
dress by] Sir Cyril INewall, Governor-Ceneral of New Zealand and the 
present O. Z. of the Grand Chapter of New Zealand. In part he said — 

"As iRoyal Arch Masons, we commemorate the valor of those worthy 
Masons who carried on the building of the second Temple. With a 
trowel in their hand and a sword by their side, they were ever ready 
to defend the City and Holy sanctuary against the unprovoked attacks 
of their enemies. Their fortitude, their courage in adversity, their 
determination and 1 faith, all provide for us a gjorious example of that 
militant spirit so direly needed in) these dark days of doubt and anxiety." 
How true these words! 

And what of the future of this heritage of (freedom of which I 
speak? We must not be unmindful that we are not fighting for the 
present generation alone, but for countless millions who tomorrow may 
tread the pathway along which we today are travelling. It is our 
bounden duty to pass on to posterity, pure and unsullied, that heritage 
of freedom which for the time being has been placed in our safe-keep- 
ing. A heritage passed down from hand to hand and to which each 
succeeding generation has added something fine — something precious — 
by toil and sacrifice. 

Wie must ever remember that we have accepted a sacred trust and 
keep before us the thought that victory over our enemies is not enough. 
We fight to ensure a lasting peace, but in doing so, we should realize 
that peace is like a rare and delicate plant, which, once attained, can- 
not be safely stored away and forgotten, but must be regarded as a 
living organism — something to be nurtured and cared for perpetually. 
An enduring, peace can live and flourish only when built upon a founda- 
tion of faith and freedom. We may not live to build more than the 
foundation of a new and 'better world, but in the building of that 
foundation, we are faced with a task of great magnitude which, when 
completed, will enable the builders of today to pass the torch of re- 
sponsibility to those who follow with the hallowed words — "We accepted 
the Trust, we have kept the Faith, we have laid for you a solid founda- 
tion on which to build the future." We have not the strength in our- 
selves to build in its entirety a new world and a new condition among 
men, for that is a task beyond the power of human hands alone; but 
Faith in ourselves, Faith in our Cause, and above tall, Faith in the 
Great Jehovah, will enable us to complete our task and leave for gener- 
ations to follow, a solid foundation upon which to build a new con- 
dition among men that will provide for our children', and our children's 
children, a better and happier place in which to live. 

Perhaps never in our history have we been privileged to enter- 
tain such a goodly array of the scintillating stars of the Masonic firma- 
ment than are gathered beneath our banners this .morning. We have 
with us, representatives from the iSister Jurisdictions of New York, 
Michigan, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ohio. To these 


Companions we extend a most sincere greeting. As friends and neigh- 
bours, we suggest that never have our two countries been more closely 
bound one to the other than at the present time. 

Even in Masonry the ties of fraternalism have been strengthened 
not alone by the bonds of personal friendships, but also in these stir- 
ring days, by an interest in a common cause. As allies in the defence 
of democratic institutions, their presence here this morning takes on an 
added significance, indicative that we stand shoulder to shoulder, four- 
square to every wind that blows. We sincerely trust that their all too- 
brief sojourn under the sheltering folds of the grand Old Union Jack 
may prove as interesting and enjoyable to them 1 as we know it will 'be 
profitable to us. Be assured that we are delighted to have our friends 
from the United iStates with us today. 

Not for many years have we been honored by the presence of repre- 
sentatives of so many Canadian Jurisdictions. We have them here from 
the sunkissed Province of British Columbia, through the thriving Prov- 
inces of Alberta and Manitoba, down to the historic old Province of 
Quebec. Truly a family gathering, and why not? — it seems but meet 
and proper that the daughters of this Grand 'Chapter should be with 
us today, and of them we may well say in Kipling's words — '"Each 
daughter in the Mother's house, but mistress in her own." 

Never has there been a greater need for a display of Canadian unity; 
never a time more opportune to lower the barriers of Provincialism, 
lay aside our petty differencs of politics and religion, and step forth 
as a United Canada, a people with but one aim, one objective, and! that 
to worthily play our part in the contribution our Country is making 
to the cause of justice and humanity. 

I should indeed be derelict in my duty were I to fail to emphasize 
our pleasure in welcoming our kinsmen from the Sister Provinces of 
this fair Dominion. May I interject a personal note and refer to my 
visit to the Grand Chapter of Quebec just one month ago. The lavish 
hospitality and kindly treatment accorded me as your represntative 
will not soon be effaced from my memory. In welcoming his guests, 
M. Ex. Comp. Pullen used a pet phrase of mine when he referred to 
the friendships he had made and was making in Masonry as links added 
to a golden chain; which recalls to my mind a few lines which are par- 
ticularly appropos of this thought: — 

For friendship is a chain of gold 

Cast in Cod's all perfect mold. 

Each link a smile, a laugh, a tear, 

A grasp of the hand, and a word of cheer. 

As steadfast as the ages roll, 

Binding closer soul to soul. 

No matter how far or how heavy the load 

Sweet is the journey on friendship's road. 

Once again let me assure our friends from Sister Provinces that 
they come among us this morning not as strangers within our gates, 
but as members of our family group and for whom there will always 
be an honored place at our table. 

Need I say that we are proud and honored by the attendance today 
of those distinguished Craftsmen who occupy; the position of leaders in 
the various branches of MJasonry, the Knights Templar, Royal and 


Select Masters, and the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. Could 
we ask for a more definite evidence of the solidarity of Freemasonry 
than is exemplified by their presence at this Convocation. As fellow 
workers in the quarries of Masonry, accept our fraternal greetings and 
most friendly welcome. 

From far away Australia and the very centre of the Pacific War 
Zone, comes as a representative of a Chapter in New South Wales, 
Ex. Comp. Johnson. I doubt if ever before have we been permitted 
to extend a welcome to a visitor from "down under." Col. Johnson 
comes to us from a land of great fighters, men whose achievements in 
this war will" furnish material for a glorious new chapter in the military 
annals of our Empire. While Col. Johnson hails from Australia, he 
is not an Australian, but rather one of that great army of Americans 
who are helping in the defence of the Commonwealth of Australia. We 
extend a sincere Canadian welcome to Col. Johnson in his dual capacity 
as a distinguished soldier and a member of the Royal Craft. 

Not since the memorable visit of the late lamented William Tecum- 
seh Sherman O'Hara in 1936 have we been honored (by a visit from the 
General Grand Chapter of the United States. We are (most happy to 
greet M. Ex. Comp. Roscoe R. Wolcutt, the General Grand Secretary 
of that august body. May his stay among us be pleasant and 1 may we 
create such an impression that a year hence Comp. Wolcutt will again 
include us in his itinerary of visits. 

And in the place of honor, we turn to the representatives of the M. 
Wor. the Grand Master of the IG. L. of Canada, in the Province of 
Ontario. To you, Right Wor. Bro. Wardley, 'Deputy Grand Master, 
and R. Wor. Bro. Ewart Dixon, our genial Grand Secretary, we tender 
a personal welcome and the assurance that the M. W. the Grand Master 
could not have selected a more acceptable delegation. We receive you 
individually as brethren of our own tribes and families and as such 
you will always find a warm welcome within the portals of Grand 

As representatives of M. Wor. Bro. McRae, we greet you officially 
and ask that you convey to our Grand Master, a message of brotherly 
love, esteem and good-will. We ask that you assure him that the Capit- 
ular body, as the completion of Ancient Craft Masonry, is loyal to the 
Mother Grand Lodge and seeks only to add glory and lustre to the 
background of our Ancient Craft and to uphold in a worthy andl dig- 
nified manner, those traditions which have come down to us through 
the storied past— traditions which are largely responsible for our Be- 
loved Order being recognized as a powerful influence for good in every 
comaniunity in which it is found. 

Again, on behalf of the Grand (Chapter of ftoyal Arch Masons of 
Canada, I extend to our honored and distinguished guests, a sincere 
welcome to this, our Eighty-Fifth Annual Convocation- 
Grand Honours were then extended. 


R. Ex. Comp. Robert N. McElhinney, chairman of the 
Toronto Committee on Arrangements, presented to the Grand 
Chapter and Distinguished Guests, the representative of his 


Worship the Mayor ,Comp. Fred. J. Coniboy, in the person 
of R. Ex. Comp. Controller Win. Wadsworth. 

Most Excellent Sirs, Right Excellent Sirs, Very Excellent Sirs, Excellent 
Sirs, and Companions: — 

The City of Toronto is proud to welcome you on the occasion of the 
Eighty-fifth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada. Perhaps few of you are strangers to this great 
metropolis whose growth and development has been concurrent with 
the growth and progress of Masonry in its various branches. This 
Grand Jurisdiction of Eoyal Arch Masonry has no doubt felt the 
impact of war, like all other organizations. I understand, however, 
that Grand Chapter and its constituent units are in a flourishing 
condition and well able to withstand a lean period when many of its 
members are serving in the Armed Forces and in other types of war 

The Annual Convocation offers the opportunity to take stock of 
our accomplishments during the past year and to lay plans for the 
future, so that we may ensure the continued growth of the Order. The 
moral influence of (Masonry does not and cannot end when we pass 
out through our 'Lodge room doors into the wider sphere of everyday 
life. Much is expected of Master Masons and much more of Royal 
Arch Masons . because of the greater opportunities afforded them 
for learning and grasping the lessons taught by the ancient laws and 
practices of our benign Order. 

It is interesting to congecture the important part that the teachings 
of Masonry have played in the advancement of civilization throughout 
the ages. Much remains to be done in bringing about a common brother- 
hood which will solve the difficulties that abound in this war-torn world, 
and remove the antagonisms that separate the peoples of the universe 
because of a lack of mutual understanding. 

Masonry has a great responsibility and faces a great opportunity 
to give the type of leadership that is so necessary in this day when 
the lights of the world seem to have flickered out. We cannot divorce 
our thoughts from the horrible and brutal war that has deprived so 
many peoples of the world of their freedom and liberty, and even any 
semblance of justice. We must devote every effort to achieving that 
victorious peace which undeniably will be ours. Our every act must be 
predicated on this necessity. However, at the same time, those of us 
who remain on the home front must, to the best of our ability, also 
endeavour to maintain those character-building, cultural and religious 
institutions so that the advance of civilization will not be retarded, 
rather must we ensure that every influence possible be brought to bear 
in developing that better and more abundant life to which we all 

This Grand Convocation is being held at a very critical time in the 
history of the world, and the influence of its deliberations on the mem- 
bers of its constituent Chapters and stir them into a deeper conception 
and appreciation of the part which every individual member can play 
in the great human drama which is being performed before our eyes. 
The Chapter may well give leadership and direction to individual effort. 
All too many of our Companions are prone to say, "Well, what can 
I do — how can I bring about improvement?," entirely overlooking the 
accumulative effect of many separate acts of beneficence. 


In this great centre of Masonry where (Masonry is well and favour- 
ably known, the citizens are proud to welcome your Grand body, and 
in their name and on behalf of the iCivic Administration, I extend most 
cordial greetings. You enjoy the good will of our people and my sincere 
wish is that this Convocation will be attended with every success, 
and that each delegate will enjoy his stay here to the full and when 
the time comes, return to his home refreshed in mind, body and spirit. 

In closing, may I express a special word of welcome to Royal 
Crafts men from the Jurisdiction of the United States and from other 
jurisdictions in Canada. 

The welcome was acknowledged by the Grand Z., Most 
Ex. Comp. Llew. F. Stephens, KjC, after which the repre- 
sentative of the Mayor, retired. 


The Grand Superintendent of the two Toronto .Districts, 
8 and 8a, Rig"ht Ex. Comps. R. Harold B. Cook and Mortimer 
L. Levy, presented the welcome. ,Comp. Levy reading, while 
the Ruling Z's remained standing. 

To the Most Excellent, The Grand First Principal, Officers 
and Members of the Grand Chapters of Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada. 

i The Excellent First Principals, on behalf of the two Toronto 
Districts, numbers 8 and 8A, extend a sincere welcome and fraternal 
greeting to you and the Grand Chapter on this, the 85th Annual Con- 
vocation of Grand Chapter. 

The meaning of the Indian word "Toronto" is "Meeting Place," 
and as such, fits into the scheme of things for this important gathering 
of Royal Arch Masons. Toronto has played, and is playing, an his- 
torical part in the life and success of our Dominion and Empire. 
Her sons heeded the call of the Motherland in the iSouth African War 
and the first Great War, and are answering the call in this present 
war — which we sincerely hope will be the last Great War — in the 
peculiar service of this generation to salvage from the carnage of 
today the fine things that have come down to us from the past. Faith 
in God and the right will justify our hopes and expectations for winning 
this war, and the peace thereafter — not a mere absence of fighting but 
a permanent and solid basis for the maintenance of orderly relations 
amongst the peoples of the earth. 

The Royal Arch Masons of Toronto play an important part in the 
activities of the Royal Craft, realizing that by serving through ^his 
organization, making our community better and thereby making our 
nation better, they, with all others throughout our jurisdiction, may 
have to save for future generations all that we call cultural, all that is 
good, all this is implied in the word democracy, and the finer standards 
of living. They deem it an honour that Grand Chapter accepted the 
invitation of the Companions of the Toronto Districts, extended through 
the Principals' Association, to hold this Annual Convocation in our City. 

Most Excellent Sir, when the waning strength of our late Most 
Excellent Companion, John Morgan Empey, could no longer hold aloft 



the torch of Royal Arch Masonry, you, who had given so freely of 
your time and talents in the service of Masonry in the past, knowing 
that in this world that cries for peace where there is no peace, stands 
the Masonic ideal of brotherly love, again held high that torch by 
which all might see to follow. We are deeply conscious of your many 
sacrifices, great zeal and attachment to our noble Order. 

The real purpose of this address, is to express to you our admiration, 
love and esteem for the remarlcable manner in which you, as the head 
of this Grand Body, and as Grand Z., rallied the entire jurisdiction to 
greater enthusiasm, activity and strength. Of you, it may well be said: 

"€ount that day lost whose slow descending sun 
Views from thine hand no worthy action done." 

To the members of Grand Chapter, as you begin your important 
deliberations, we pray that the light that shines from above may so 
brighten your minds, enlighten your souls, and increase your efforts 
for the promotion of progress in all Masonic endeavor. To you, Most 
Excellent Sir, and to the members of Grand Chapter, we wish health, 
happiness and prosperity. 

Life may bring us many treasures 

In its ever changing trends, 
Yet, somehow no heart- joy measures 

Deeper throb than loyal friends. 

Our names and titles are subscribed hereto, this 28th day of April, 
Anno Inventionis 2473. 

T. Peek. Z., 

The Royal Arch Chapter of St. Andrew & 

St. John. No. 4. G.R.C., Toronto. 

W. R. Shaw, Z.. 

King Solomon Chapter. No. 8, G.R.C., 


A. W. Sandoz, Z., 
York Chapter. No. 62, G.R.C., Toronto 

Murray Burger, Z., 

St. Paul's Chapter. No. 65, G.R.C.. 


J. E. Jenkins, Z.. 
Occident Chapter, No. 77, G.R.C., Toronto 

T. L. Querie, Z.. 
Orient Chapter. No. 79. G.R.C.," Toronto 

G. Biggs, Z.. 
Antiquity Chapter, No. 91. G.R.C., Toronto 

M. Veitch. Z., 

Suceoth Chapter. No. 135, G.R.CL, 


Arnold W. Cook, Z.. 

Shekinah Chapter. No. 138. G.R.C.. 


A. Chandler, Z., 

The St. Patrick Chapter. No. 145, G.R.C.. 


Thos. J. Mason, Z., 

The Beaches Chapter, No. 163, G.R.C., 


W. McCormick, Z., 

Toronto Chapter, No. 185, G.R.C., 


O. T. Walker, Z.. 
Peel Chapter, No. 195, G.R.C., Brampton. 

G. J. Hall, Z.. 
Victoria Chapter, No. 205, G.R.C., 

H. Ginsberg, Z.. 
Mount Sinai Chapter, No. 212, G.R.C.. 

C. W. Roberta, Z., 
Mimico Chapter, No. 215, G.R.C., Mimioo. 

J. Curtis, Z., 

St. Alban's Chapter, No. 217. G.R.C., 


O. H. Kesteven, Z., 
Ulster Chapter. No. 219. G.R.C., Toronto. 

E. J. Culham. Z.. 

Lebanon Chapter, No. 220, G.R.C.. 

Lambton Mills. 

Jaa. J. Cairna, Z., 
Beaver Chapter, No. 225, G.R.C., Toronto. 


I. N. Tompkins, Z., Ernest Pickles, Z.. 

Port Credit Chapter, No. 230, G.R.C., University Chapter. No. 241, G.R.O.. 

Port Credit. Toronto. 

C. Duckworth, Z., Bert C. Mason, Z., 

The St. Clair Chapter, No. 231, G.R.C.. Humber Chapter, No. 246, G.R.C., Weston. 

R. Harold B. Cook, 
W. Steggles, Z., Grand Superintendent, Toronto East 

King Cyrus Chapter, No. 232, G.R.C.. District, No. 8. 


Mort. L. Levy, 
W. Parkinson, Z., Grand Superintendent, Toronto "West 

Oakwood Chapter, No. 233, G.R.C., District, No. 8A. 


A. M. Graham, Z., 
Aurora Chapter, No. 235, G.R.C., Aurora. 

Most Ex. Comp. Stephens conveyed to the Grand Super- 
intendents and the Ruling- Principals of the Chapters of the 
Districts his appreciation, on behalf of Grand Chapter, for 
the kind thoughts contained in the message of welcome. 


Most Ex. Comp. L. F. Stephens, announced: — 
"All Royal Arch Masons, in good standing, and properly 
vouched for, will be made welcome during; the Convocation." 


The Grand Scribe E. commenced reading the minutes of 
the Proceeding's of the Eig-hty-Fourth Annual Convocation, 
held in the City of Niagara Falls, Tuesday and Wednesday, 
April 22nd and 23rd, 1942, when it was moved by R. Ex. 
Comp. John M. Burden, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. A. H. 
Monteith, and, — 

Resolved, — That as the Proceedings of the last Annual Convocation, 
held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 22nd and 23rd ,1942, have been 
printed and copies thereof sent to all the Chapters in this Jurisdiction, 
the recorded minutes be considered as read, and the same is now con- 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden, and seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. A. H. Monteith, and — 

Resolved,- — "That the Grand Z. be given authority to alter the Order 
of Business at this Convocation in his discretion." 



R. Ex. Camp. Reg-. Conover, Chairman of the Credential 
Committee of Representatives and Proxies of the Chapters, 
reported there were 153 Warranted Chapters on the Roll of 
Grand Chapter, of which 123 Chapters were represented by 
the following-: — 

No. 1. Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui, Kingston. 

€. H. Hall, iH.; W. Y. Mills, H. F. Thomson, E. M. Clarke, 
J. C. Mcllquham, P.Z.'s. 

No. 2. The Hiram, Hamilton. 

J. H. Forbes (Proxy), P. A. McDougal, Thos. Towers, P.Z.'s. 

No. 3. St. John's, London. 

Wm. Bradt, Z.; J. Pearson, H;; Olliver Ellwood, Edgar W. 
Hall, Frank Gilbert, E. A. Bishop, P.Z.'s. 

No. 4. St. Andrew and St. John, Toronto. 

Thos. E. Peak, Z.; A. H. Baynes, J.; H. E. Price, Geo. Slack, 
L. Jackson, R. McElhinney, H. B. Pickrell, P.Z.'s. 

No. 5. SL George's, London. 

A. Thompson, H.; H. J. McGallum, P.Z. 

No. 6. St. John's, Hamilton. 

W. W. Knight, Z.; T. H. Hayhurst, G. Worrall, G. W. Britton, 
L. F. Stephens, J. H. Eydt, P.Z.'s. 

No. 7. The Moira, Belleville. 

E. C. Wood, Z.; R. GEL Houston, P.Z. 

No. 8. King Solomon, Toronto. 

Fred Johnson (Proxy), S. N. Frances, L. E. Bowerman, W. H. 
Hoare, Reg. Manewell. 

No. 16. Carleton, Ottawa. 

L. F. Crothers, Z.; F. A. MacDiarmid, €. W. Powers, J. A. 
Page, P.Z.'s. 

No. 18. Oxford, Woodstock. 

G. K. Mansell, Z.; R. Y. Morrison, P.Z. 

No. 19. Mount Moriah, St. Catharines. 

A. E. Coombes (Proxy). 

No. 20. Mt. Horeh, Brantford. 

A. J. Sherman, Z.; A. McGregor, H.; M. L. Smith, J.; C. J. 
Sharpe, R. W. E. McFadden, P.Z.'s. 

No. 22. Grenville, Prescott. 

E. A. Irwin, Z. 


No. 23. Ezra, Simcoe. 

W. H. Richardson, Z.; O. P. Richardson, H.; C. F. Misner, 
C. 0. Hurst, J. Anguish, P.Z.'s. 

No 24. Tecumseh, Stratford. 

Fred Bradley (Proxy). 

No. 26. St. Mark's, Trenton. 

J. A. Pow, Z.; N. Sprague, A. D. Maclntyre, P.Z.'s. 

No. 27. Manitou, Collingwood. 

R. H. Davidson, Z.; A. W. Lawrence, P.Z. 

No. 29. McC allium, Dunnville. 

N. B. Brown, Z.; G, S. Munce, H.; James Logie, Thos. Camel- 
ford, P.Z.'s. 

No. 30. Huron, Goderich. 

Clarence McDonald (Proxy). 

No. 31. Prince Edward, Picton. 

Chas. E. Goodwin. Z. 

No. 32. Waterloo, Gait. 

T. Forester, Z.; J. Ritchie, iH. R. Eaton, 0. A. Wright, R. S. 
Hamilton, P.Z.'s. 

No. 34. Signet, Barrie. 

iC. O. Smith, Z.; W. J. Laver, H. J. Lougheed, P.Z.'s. 

No. 35. Keystone, Whitby. 

W. Davidson, Z.; R. J. Corner, J.; Wm. Jermyn, J. W. Bate- 
man, H. W. Boyes, R. McNee, P.Z.'s. 

No. 36. Corinthian, Peterboro. 

E. W. Jones (Proxy), R. L. Dobbin, C. A. Sollitt, J. Dishart, 
J. E. G. Irwin, P.Z.'s. 

No. 37. Victoria, Port Hope. 

S. N. Haskill (Proxy), H. Mitchel, P.Z. 

No. 40. Guelph, Guelph. 

H. C. McWilliam, Z.; W. G. Kitchen, R. M. Findlay, C. T. 
Palmer, J. A. Robertson, J. Gould, J. T. Power, P.Z.'s. 

No. 41. Harris, Ingersoll. 

A. Hillary, Z.; E, Wright, H.; A. W. Huntly, P.Z.'s. 

No. 44. Mount Sinai, Napanee. 

G. G. Faulkner, Z.; L. B. Mellow, M. R. Reid, A. E. Holmes, 

No. 48. St. John's, Coboury. 

J. H. Purdy, P.Z. 


No. 53. Bruce, Petrolia. 

H. D. Sherrin (Proxy). 

No. 54. Palestine, St. Thomas. 

John Cribb, Z.; T. L. Cochrane, F. M. Bond, John Oswald, 
Wm. Cunningham, K. S. Woodward, P.Z.'s. 

No. 55. Niagara, Niagara-on-the-Lafcc 

J. B. Hortetter, Z.; A. N. Rodgers, P. K. Hambly, P.Z.'s. 

No. 56. Georgian, Owen Sound. 

Chas. Fotheringham, Z. 

No. 57. King Hiram, Port Colbome. 

C. F. Rogers (Proxy), Robt. Rivers, Sr., P.Z. 

No. 59. Sussex, Brockville. 

Harry Acton, Z.; A. E. Seamark, P.S. 

No. 61. Granite, Almonte. 

H. W. Lundy, P.Z. 

No. 62. York, . Toronto. 

A. W. Sandoz, Z. ; Geo. C. Rennie, S. H. B. Tonkin, J. Brewster, 

No. 63. Havelock, Kincardine. 

W. M. MdCaw, Z.; F. E. Schilroth, P.Z. 

No. 64. Willson, Welland 

L. R. Brennan, Z.; H. Hardy, H.; Thos. Baxter, J.; J. W. 
Holstock, John G. Frame, Col. J. E. Cohoe, P.Z.'s. 

No. 65. St. Paul's, Toronto. 

Dr. Wallace Scott, W. G. Ourrie, W. E. Tindal, R. H. Mcintosh, 
H. I. Robb, H. B. Anderson, P.Z.'s. 

No. 67. Enterprise, Palmerston. 

I. H. Weppler, Z.; H. F. Wismer, H.; R. H. Hancock, A. R. 
Smith, J. F. Edwards, W. Scrimgeour, P.Z.'s. 

No. 71. Prince of Wales, Amherstburg^ 

P. Milne (Proxy). 

No. 72. Keystone, Stirling. 

W. H. Rollins, Z.; J. S, Whitehead, H.; G. W. Bailey, G. D. 
Watson, P.Z.'s. 

No. 74. Beaver, Strathroy. 

Gordon Young, Z. 

No. 75. St. Clair, Milton. 

W. T. Barnard, R. C. Cunningham, P.Z.'s. 

No. 76 Mount Nebo, Niagara Falls. 

Chas. iSheppard (Proxy), J. H. Rolston, C. L. Leys, F. W. 
Gregory, G. E. French, P.Z.'s. 


No. 77. Occident, Toronto. 

J. E. Jenkins, Z.; W. F. Damp, J.; S. G. Newdick, J. A. Prince, 
Arthur Green, W. J. Damp, A. R. Cripps, Geo. W. Elms, John 
M. Burden, W. H. Murchison, W. G. Varty, Jas. T. Gilchrist, 
A. C. JLarter, John W. Lawrence, John Russell, S. E. Solley, 
Arthur Mason, P.Z.'s. 

No. 79. Orient, Toronto , 

L. L. Gurie, Z.; Wia iScott, J.; J. H. Williams, W. E. Seeker, 
J. W. Wright, A. Walne, A. H. Jones, D A. McDougall, G. W. 
Wright, L. Bramwell, P.Z.'s. 

No. 80. Ark, Windsor. 

Fred Henchin (Proxy), W. E, Tregenza, W. R. Bricker, P.Z.'s. 

No. 81. Ayhier, Ayhner. 

Grover Williams, Z.; H. L. Stratton, H. J. Hart, Stanley 
Durkee,, €has. Garton, H. P. Grant, F. L. Truman, T. G. 
Winder, T. L. iBarnecott, A. Hare, C'has. Brooks, A. E. Rich- 
ardson, P.Z.'s. 

No. 82. Shuniah, Port Arthur. 

A. H. Knutson (Proxy), R. Routley, P.Z. 

No. 83. Ionic, Orangeville. 

JJ. A. V. Preston (Proxy), A. W. McGillvray, Wm. M. 
Marshall, Chas. B. Gillespie, P.Z.'s. 

No. 84. Lebanon, Wing ham. 

W. A. Crawford, Z.; W. S. Hall, H. F. McGee, R. C. Thompson, 

No. 90. Golden, Kenora. 

W. W. Duncan (Proxy). 

No. 91. Antiquity, Toronto. 

Sid Biggs, Z.; W. G. Hamilton, A. F. Tannahill, H. J. A. Lake, 
Jas. Herriott, J. Alf. Barnett, H. J. Neun, W. Woan, P.Z.'s. 

No. 95. Tuscan, Sudbury. 

H. E. W. Cressey (Proxy), C. B. Deeks, P.Z. 

No. 102. Algonquin, Sault bte. Marie. 

Geo. Lee, Z. 

No. 103. St. John's, North Bay. 

J. G. Maroosis, Z.; T. E. Cribb, H. E. Ward, P.Z.'s. 

No. 110. Warkworth. Warkworth. 

J. E. Edgar, Z. 

No. 113. Covenant, Cornwall. 

A. Mitchell (Proxy). 

No. 114. Bonnechere, Renfrew. 

J. Conway (Proxy). 


No. 115 Brant, Paris. 

J. D. Smith (Proxy), A. H. Monteith, P.Z. 

No. 116. Maple, Carlton Place. 

H. E. Menzies, Z. 

No. 117. Kitchener, Kitchener. 

Geo. H. Carthy, Z.; N. A. McEachern, W. Downing, P.Z.'s. 

No. 119. King Cyrus, Leamington. 

Ed. H. Brennan (Proxy), G. Bloomfield, A. Bunn, P.Z.'s. 

No. 129 Elliott, Mitchell. 

K. Taylor, Z.; L. Edighoifer, H. 

No. 130 Chantry, Southampton. 

J. A. George (Proxy). 

No. 131 Amabel, Wiarton. 

John Mills (Proxy). 

No. 133 St. Francis, Smiths Falls. 

L. W. Fords, Z.; :H. Hobbs, H.; >M. L. Perry, Jas. T. Grant, 
G. A. Phillips, Chas. GVL 'McLeod, John R. Hamilton, A. R. 
McGregor, P.Z.'s. 

No. 134 King\ Darius, Cannington 

E. J. Hays (Proxy), E. Blanchard, J. Parliament, F. H. 
Hutchley, P.Z.'s. 

No. 135 Succoth, Uxbridge. 

M. Veitch, Z.; H. (Shier, J.; J. W. Rynard, P.Z. 

No. 138 Shekinah, Toronto 

A. W. Cook, Z.; E. W. Pearson, Thos. Brann, W. J. Wads- 
worth, E. Snell, John Marr, E. C. Tyers, J. T. Liddell, 

No. 140. Fort William, Fort William. 

R. Routley ((Proxy). 

No. 143. Glengarry, Maxville. 

J. H. Munro, P.Z. 

No. 145. The St. Patrick, Toronto. 

A. A. Chandler, Z.; Thos. Westcott, Frank McLean, Fred Hig- 
ginbotham, Morris Searle, W. J. Tow, J. J. Shelley, W. E. 
Pomeroy, Percy Rogers, W. Lidgar, W. C. Johnson, P.Z.'s. 

No. 146. Bernard, Listowel. 

J. L. Campbell, Z.; D. I. Hill, P.Z. 

No. 147. Lucknow, Lucknow. 

J. W. iStewart (Proxy), W. B. Anderson, A. Hughes, P.Z.'s. 


No. 149 Atwood, Rainy River. 

J. W. Walker (Proxy). 

No. 150. London, London. 

T .B. Burchill, Z.; A. G. N. Bradshaw, A. E. Selwey, J. W. 
Plewes, P.Z.'s. 

No. 151. Laurentian, Pembroke. 

E. R. Molsen, Z. 

No. 152. Alberton, Fcrt Frances, 

J. W. Walker (Proxy). 

No. 153. Sombra, Wallaceburg. 

John Burnett (Proxy), W. S. Rose, P.Z. 

No. 154. Klondike, Darvson, Y.T. 

Edwin Smith (Proxy). 

No. 161. Madoc, Madoc. 

Geo. West, P.Z. 

No. 163. The Beaches, Toronto. 

T. J. Mason, Z.; J. V. Scrimger, H.; Geo. L. Gardiner, E. E. 
Ritchie, H. Perkins, S. A. Griffin, A. J. Stringer, F. L. Misner, 

No. 167. Kichikewana, Midland. 

F. Genderon, Z.; J. J. Robins, R. A. Wilson, H. A. MoGowan, 
B. J. Brownell, R. D. Keefe ; P.Z.'s. 

No. 168. Ionic, Campbellford. 

H. T. Scott (Proxy), J. 0. Benor, P. C. Denyes, P.Z.'s. 

No. 169. Temiskaming, New Liskeard. 

G. E. McKelvie, Z.; J. Pennman, P.Z. 

No. 175. The Hamilton, Hamilton. 

F. W. Dean, P.Z. 

No. 185. The Toronto, Toronto. 

W, McCormick, Z.; J. Fern, H.; R. M. Walsh, J.; J. Petch, D. 
Calder, R. Somerville, W. J. Stewart, iS. Manuel, J. B. Wallace, 
A. Brook, W. M. Miskelly, P.Z."s. 

No. 195. Peel, Brampton. 

0. T. Walker, Z.; J. A. McLaughlin, H.; J. C. Wiggins, J.; 
R. V. Conover, H. Spratt, T. H. Moorehead, R. W. Hall, J. F. 
Lindner, N. L. Powell. H. A. Wilson, C. R. Magee, J. W 7 . 
Mitchell, E. A. Markell, T. W. Fereday, H. C. Snyder, P.Z.'s. 

No. 198. Couchiching, Orillia. 

D. C. Patmore (Proxy). 

No. 205. Victoria, ThornhilL 

G. J. Hall, Z.; J. S. Thompson, J. Stocks, P.Z.'s. 


No. 212. Mount Sinai, Toronto. 

H. Ginsburg, Z. ; A. Axler, H.; H. Rotenburg, J.; M. L. Levy, 
A. Cohen, I. Fineberg, H. R. Fox, P. Abrams, Mark Levy, 

No. 213. Northern Lights, Timmins. 

R. B. Neily, Z. ; J. Goodman, P.Z. 

No. 214. Vimy, Inwood. 

R. Luke, Z. 

No. 215. Miniico, Mimico. 

J. L. Maude, P.Z. 

No. 217. St. Albans, Toronto. 

D. Prentice, Z.; J. Spencer, H.; W. Hughes, F. Schytte, John 
House, John Mackie, «. E. Walker, F. L. Walker, Geo. McRae, 

No. 219. Ulster, Toronto. 

R. A. Boddy, Dave Coleman, P.Z.'s. 

No. 220. Lebanon, Lamblon Mills. 

E. G. Cnlham, Z.; C. Collen, H.; J. F. Molloy, J. H. Dickson, 
J. A. Evans, W. H. Carr, W. A. McKague, P.Z.'s. 

No. 221. Durham, Durham. 

R. W. F. Hughes, E, A. Hay, P.Z.'s. 

No. 222. Ottawa, Ottawa. 

C. M. Pitts, Z.; W. E. Gowling, P.Z. 

No. 224. Keystone, Hamilton. 

R. Clarke, P.Z. 

No. 225. Beaver, Toronto. 

J. Cairns, Z.; A. Taylor, H.; J. Winton; E. C. Woodstock, J. 
Day, J. S'. Picard, S. iSpencer, J. Alcorn, D. Wilson, A. Hann, 
W. Pendleton, E. C. Bastable, Alex Spalding, P.Z.'s. 

No. 227. Quinte Friendship, Belleville. 

W. Youdale, Z.; J. W. Kinnear, M. R. Anderson, P.Z.'s. 

No. 230. Port Credit, Port Credit. 

I. N. Tompkins, Z.; W. H. C. MclEachren, €. Burgess, Sill 
Maxwell, D. J. McKee, E. S. MoNeice, W. E. Millar, W. G. 
Price, P.Z.'s. 

No. 231. The St. Clair, Toronto. 

E. Duckworth, Z.; D. Young, H.; W. G. Davey, J.; G. Pepper, 
J. Woodland, W. Herd, P.Z.'s. 

No. 232. King Cyrus, Toronto. 

J. A. MacD. Taylor, H.; W. Black, J.; J. A. Marchment, K, 
Carrie, P.Z.'s. 


No. 233. Oakwood, Toronto. 

W. Parkinson, Z. ; A. Swane, H.; Alex Hannah, F. E. John- 
son, C. F. Bolton, E, A. Hayward, W. Gardinar, P.Z.'s. 

No. 234. Halton, Georgetown. 

F. L. Arnold, Z. ; G. C. Brown, E. V. MacCormick, W. G. 0. 
Thompson, P.Z.'s. 

No. 235. Aurora, Aurora. 

A. M. Graham, H. W. Moorby, H.; R. H. B. Cook, F. & Bab- 
cock, J. H. Knowles, J. iStewart, P.Z.'s. 

No. 236. Caledonia, Caledonia. 

A. Emmerson, Z.; T. J. Hicks, F. Brown, P.Z.'s. 

No. 238. The St. Andrew's London. 

R. Hatton, Z.; C. B. Morton, P.Z. 

No. 239. Blenheim, Blenheim. 

€. D. Fleming, Z. 

No. 241. University, Toronto. 

E. Pickles, Z.; A. Pickles, H.; C. E. Dickson, W. S. M. Enouy, 
J. E. Tilson, P.Z.'s. 

No. 242. St. Paul's, Lambeth. 

O. Dale, Z.; W. H. Bartlet, H.; G. U. Howell, D. Chapman, 
R. J. Henderson, P.Z.'s. 

No. 243 McKay, Stoney Creek. 

J H. Lee, P.Z. 

No. 245 Preston, Preston. 

W. K. Graham, Z.; M. L, Hagen, C. Schmiedendorf, W. D. 
Thompson, J. Mills, G. V. Hilborn, P.Z.'s. 

No. 246. Humber, Weston. 

E. Totten (Proxy), R. B. Dargavel, 0. H. Sloan, E. Lunnon, 

No. 249. Palestine, Bowmanville. 

A. Holt, Z.; C. Spencer, F. Hoar, P.Z.'s. 

No. 250. Thomas Peters', Windsor. 

John H. Murray, Z.; Anthony Blair, H. 

No. 251. Kirkland, Kirkland Lake. 

J. C. McMillan, Z.; H. S. Rood, P.Z. 

6o. 252. Hiawatha, Sarnia. 

C. M. Richardson, Z.; R. C. Hick, R. A. Bond, P.Z.'s. 


The following- 30 Chapters were not represented: — 

Wawanosh Chapter, No. 15, Sarnia, Out. 
Pentalpha Chapter, No. 28, Oshawa, Ont. 
Excelsior Chapter, No. 45, Colborne, Ont. 
St. James Chapter, No. 46, St. Marys, Ont. 
Wellington Chapter, No. 47, Chatham, Ont. 
Pembroke Chapter, No. 58, Mattawa, Ont. 
The Malloch (Chapter, No. 66, Seaforth, Ont. 
Maitland Chapter, No. 68, /South Augusta, Ont. 
Grimsby Chapter, No. 69, Grimsby, Ont. 
Erie Chapter, No. 73, Ridgetown, Ont. 
Minnewawa Chapter, No. 78, Parkhill, Ont. 
MdNabb Chapter, No. 88, Dresden, Ont. 
Midland Chapter, No. 94, Lindsay, Ont. 
White Oak Chapter, No. 104, Oakville, Ont. 
St. John's Chapter, No. 1:12, Morrishurg, Ont. 
Leeds Chapter, No. 132, Gananoque, Ont. 
Presqu'ile Chapter, No. 144, Brighton, Ont. 
St. John's Chapter, No. 148, Vankleek Hill, Ont. 
Ancaster Chapter, No. 155, Ancaster, Ont. 
Lome Chapter, No. 164, West Lome, Ont. 
Hugh Murray Chapter, No. 184, Fort Erie, Ont. 
Cobalt Chapter, No. 203, Cobalt, Ont. 
Kitchener Chapter, No. 210, Russell, Ont. 
Prince Edward Chapter, No. 218, Shelbourne, Ont. 
Abitibi Chapter, No. 223, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 
Prince of Wales Chapter, No. 226, Perth, Ont. . 
■Smithville Chapter, No. 240, Smithville, Ont. 
Nilestown Chapter, No. 247, Nilestown, Ont. 
Dochert Chapter, No. 248, Arnprior, Ont. 
Regal Chapter, No. 253, Port Dover, Ont. 

84 Chapters were represented by Regular Officers. 
39 " " " " Proxy. 

123 Chapters were Represented. 
30 Chapters were not Represented. 


There were 466 registered Delegates, having a total vote 
of 685. 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

Reg. V. Conover, Chairman. 

Jas. W. Woodland, Vice-Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. Reg. V. Conover, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the committee on Credentials and 
Representatives be received and adopted. 



The Most Excellent the Grand Z. directed the Grand Scribe 
E. to call the roll of Representatives of Sister Grand Juris- 
dictions when they assembled before the Altar. The follow- 
ing Grand Representatives answered their names: 

R. Ex. Comp. J. W. Lawrence, Toronto Alabama 

R. " Reg. V. Conover, Brampton Alberta 

V. " Percy W. Rogers, Toronto Arizona 

R. " " A. G. N. Bradshaw, London Arkansas 

R. " " John M. Burden, Toronto British Columbia 

R. " " Chas. H. Burgess, Port Credit California 

R. " " George W. Slack, Toronto Delaware 

R. " " Fred J. Johnson, Toronto Dist. of Columbia 

R. " " Ken. Carrie, Toronto ....Florida 

R. " " J. J. Shelley, Toronto Illinois 

R. " " R. W. McFadden, Brantford Ireland 

V. " " A. J. Stringer, Toronto Massachusetts 

M. " Walter G. Price, Toronto .....Michigan 

R. " Oliver Ellwood, London ....Minnesota 

R. " " Wm. J. Tow, Toronto Missouri 

V. " James Herriot, Toronto Montana 

R. " " W. S. M. Enouy, Toronto Nebraska 

R. " " John W. Plewes —. New Brunswick 

R. " " , A. D. Maclntyre, Toronto ... New Jersey 

M. " " R. B. Dargaval, Toronto New South Wales 

M. " " Wm. Y. Mills, Kingston New York 

R. " " J. Austin Evans, Toronto New Zealand 

R. " " Frank G. McLean, Toronto North Carolina 

R. " " J. Alf Burnett, Toronto North Dakota 

R. " " A. H. Monteith, Paris Nova Scotia 

M. " " Edwin Smith, London ...Ohio 

R. " " W. E. Tregenza, Windsor Oregon 

M. " Llew. F. Stephens, Hamilton Pennsylvania 

M. " George L. Gardiner, Toronto Quebec 

R. " Neil A. MacEachern, Waterloo Queensland 

R. " " Ed. H. Brennan, Leamington Rhode Island 

R. " " Alex. Sollitt, Peterboro Saskatchewan 

R, " u Wim. Downing, Kitchener South Dakota 

R. " Wm. E. Gowling, Ottawa Texas 

R. " " Chas. H. Sheppard, Niagara Falls ...Vermont 

V. " " Sydney Newdick, Toronto Victoria 

R. " " Harry J. McCallum, London ....West Virginia 

R. " N W. J. Wadsworth, Toronto Wyoming 

R. " Fred Dean, Hamilton Wisconsin 

Most Ex. Comp. Stephens welcomed the thirty-nine Grand 
Representatives in suitable terms and requested that they con- 
vey the felicitations of the Grand Chapter of Canada to their 
various Grand Jurisdictions whom they represent. He stated 
that they are the official connecting link and trusted that they 
would continue to attend regularly. 

Grand Honours were aceordedlto the Grand Representatives. 



To. the Officers and Companions of the Grand Chapter of the 
Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

Again in the City of Toronto, the metropolitan city of 
the Province of Ontario, we gather for the Eighty-fifth 
Annual Convocation of this Grand Body. The Sixth Convo- 
cation of this Grand Chapter was held in Toronto on the 11th 
day of August, 1863, and in the eighty years intervening 
many of our meetings have been held here, and always has 
Grand Chapter been received and entertained with the gener- 
ous hospitality and warmth of welcome for which Toronto is, 
and always has been noted. 

For the fourth consecutive year I am called upon to 
preside over your annual deliberations: in 1940 and 1941 as 
the ruling Grand Z; last year, at the last moment, I was 
called upon to preside, owing to the illness of our beloved 
Grand Z. Most Excellent Companion John M. Empey, and 
this year again because of his death. 

Most Excellent Companion Empey was absolutely conn- 
dent that his health would be restored and that he would be 
able to carry on his work in Grand Chapter. In the sincere 
hope that his confidence was well founded, he was re-elected 
to his high office, but Providence ruled otherwise, and on the 
twenty-first day of May, 1942, he passed to the Great Beyond. 
At the proper time there will be placed before you full 
mention of the life and work of this great mason, but I can- 
not let the occasion pass without expressing my personal 
sorrow at the passing of one with whom I had been privileged 
to work for many years in various masonic bodies, and the 
love and admiration which I held for him as a man and a 

Accompanied by the other members of the Grand Council 
and a large assembly of Royal Arch Masons, I attended the 
funeral service held at Mitchell where for so many years he 
had resided. 

The Duke of Kent 

The Mother Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of 
England also, during the year, suffered the loss of the Grand 
First Principal of that Supreme Grand Chapter when, on 


August 25th, 1942, the Duke of Kent, K.G., was killed while 
on Active Service for his Country. Upon receipt of the news, 
I caused to be forwarded the following message of sympathy : 

Toronto 2, Ont., 
August 26th, 1942. 

The Earl of Athlone, 

Government House, 

Ottawa, Ontario. 

Your Excellency: 

Will you kindly accept and convey to His Majesty, King George 
and members of the Royal Family, the profound sorrow felt by the 
Companions of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada, 
at the untimely death, while on active service, of His Royal Highness, 
Prince George, the Duke of Kent. 

May we also convey the assurance of our loyalty and devotion to 
His Majesty's person and Crown. 

Your obedient servant, 

Grand Scribe E. 
Grand Z. 

Subsequently we received the following message: 


14th September, 1942. 
Dear Sir, 

I am commanded by The King to convey to the Companions of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada His Majesty's sincere 
thanks for their kind message of sympathy on the death of The Duke 
of Kent. 

I am to assure you that this message has been received with deep 
appreciation by His Majesty and the Members of the Royal Family. 

Yours very truly, 

Edwin Smith, Esq., 
Grand Scribe E., 

Royal Arch Masons of Canada, Gr. Chapter, 
Room 712, Temple Building, 
Bay and Richmond Streets, 
Toronto 2, 

The Duke of Kent, who was The Most Worshipful The 
Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England, the 
First Grand Principal of the Supreme Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of England, and The Most Worshipful 
Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons 
of England and Wales and the Dominions and dependencies 
of the British Crown, since his installation to his high offices 


by His Majesty The King in 1924, had proved himself a 
devout mason, and had endeared himself to the members of 
the Craft throughout the four quarters of the globe. 


By the provisions of our Constitution, upon the death of 
the Master, the Grand First Principal, it was my duty, as 
Immediate Past Grand Z to assume the sceptre and again 
carry on the duties as the Head of this Grand Chapter. I 
found it a difficult task. During my term as Grand Second 
Principal, 1938-9, I had been looking forward always to the 
time when I would assume the sceptre and was constantly 
making plans for the fulfilment of those duties to the best 
of my ability, but there was no such preparation for resum- 
ing the duties after the death of Most Excellent Companion 
Empey. I realized fully the import of the words of our great 
allegory — "A loss so important as that of the principal 
architect could not fail to be speedily and severely felt; and 
the want" of those plans and designs which had hitherto 
been so regularly supplied, throughout every department of 
the work, was the first indication that some heavy calamity 
had befallen him". Doubtless Most Excellent Companion 
Empey had his year's work fully planned ahead, but there 
were no plans on the tracing board. In the years 1940-1 I 
had adopted the plan of having the Grand Council meet 
monthly so that the Grand Second and Third Principals 
should be fully conversant with all the work in hand. This 
practice was not continued in 1942, and neither of the other 
Principals or the Grand Scribe E. knew what plans had been 
made. Consequently the summer vacation was upon us before 
I had the work again in train. I strongly recommend to my 
successors in office that regular meetings of the Grand Council 
should be held. 

I must here extend my thanks to Right Excellent Compan- 
ion John M. Burden and Right Excellent Companion A. H. 
Monteith, the other members of the Grand Council, for the 
way they have assisted in , the work of the past year. Their 
co-operation was absolutely invaluable. 

Also must I express my thanks . to my predecessor in 
office, Most Excellent Companion W. Y . Mills, for his assis- 
tance, he* having taken off my shoulders the burden of most of 
the work east of Toronto, both of dedication and visitation. 

Likewise am I indebted to Moslt Excellent ^Companion 


George L. Gardiner for his assistance during" the year. When, 
because of ■ a prior engagement having been made with 
Palestine Lodge of Toronto, I found myself unable to accept 
the invitation to be the guest of the Grand Chapter of Quebec, 
Most Excellent Companion Gardiner most kindly made that 
visitation for me, and I have not the slightest doubt delighted 
our Companions of Quebec. 

Our Guests 

Again we extend to the representatives of the Grand 
Chapter of Canada and the United States a hearty fraternal 
welcome. Particularly am I glad to welcome the rulers of 
the Craft from Manitoba and Alberta after an absence of 
many years. The distances between our respective Grand 
Jurisdictions in Canada are vast but the ties which bind us 
to all the Canadian Grand Chapters, who in days gone past 
were part of our own jurisdiction, are still strong and lasting. 

Committee on Instruction 

During and subsequent to the last convocation of Grand 
Chapter at Niagara Falls, the program of instruction for our 
Grand Superintendents was fully carried out. It was not to 
be expected that such an ambitious program would be one 
hundred per cent, efficient within the first, or for that matter, 
within several subsequent years, but I know you will all look 
forward with anticipation to the report of this committee to 
be placed before you at this convocation. 

Committee on Education 

This committee has continued to function under the chair- 
manship of Right Excellent Companion Dr. J. Austin Evans, 
and the several issues of "The Banner" have been welcomed 
by the Companions throughout the whole jurisdiction. Our 
sincere thanks are extended to Dr. Evans and his committee. 


In spite of the urgings of Most Excellent Companion 
Empey in his address read by me at Niagara Falls a year ago, 
the Grand Executive persists in approving a budget which 
calls for an encroachment upon the capital account of Grand 
Chapter. The net deficit for the past year is $2,615.10. How 


long will it be before your executive realizes that if we are 
to prosper we must cut our garment according to our cloth. 


I had hoped to report to you that there had been a gain 
in membership instead of a loss, but last minute returns 
turned the balance the other way, and we show a net loss for 
the year of 234. Our loss by death, while heavy, is fairly 
constant ; the number of suspensions for non-payment of dues 
is lessening, while the number of exaltations and joinings 
is speedily improving. Many of the Chapters showed great 
activity during the year ending, and the monthly notices which 
come to my desk show that this improvement is speedily in- 
creasing. I believe this is also reflected in the great improve- 
ment which has taken place during the past year in the style 
and content of the Chapter notices. The officers of some 
Chapters, however, have not taken this matter seriously. If 
the Z. and the Scribe E. of a Chapter have not the ability to 
turn out a proper, attractive and worthwhile notice, let them 
look through the membership of their Chapter and pick upon 
some Companion who has ability in that line, and put him 
to work. May I be permitted to quote a Scribe E. who in his 
Annual Report to his Chapter, says, "Be proud of your Chap- 
ter — boost its membership — encourage and support your 
Officers — attend Chapter — pay your dues — thank God and 
show your appreciation of the fact that you are not living in 
one of the seventeen or more countries where Masonry is 
suppressed, but on the contrary you can proudly announce, 'I 
am a Mason, and for that reason I ought to be a real man' ". 


I have been called upon for no ruling during the past year. 

During the year, ninety-three dispensations were requested 
and granted: Six for permission to attend Divine Service; 
forty-five to change the date or hour for holding regular con- 
vocation; nine to hold "At Home" or "Social Functions"; 
thirteen for the advancement of Officers as required by the 
Constitution; four for permission to confer the Capitular 
Degrees on the same day; one for permission to hold Convo- 
cation in Masonic Craft Hall; four dispensing with regular 


Convocations ; seven to permit the installation and investiture 
of Officers other than provided in their By-laws; one to per- 
mit the considering of an application on account of physical 
condition ; two to confer a degree not noted on the summons ; 
one to permit a Chapter to "Carry On" until their Warrant 
be found and placed in its proper place and one to permit the 
considering of an application of a Brother residing outside 
the Chapter's Jurisdiction, the Chapter Waiving Jurisdiction 
in which he resided. 

Long Service Jewels 

Fifty Years Continuous Membership. 

St. John Chapter, No. 6, Hamilton, Ont. 

Comp. Charles Lester Mills — 1890-1941. 
May Companion Mills be long spared to wear his honoured 

To those who have been an Installed First Principal for 
Twenty-five Years, I authorized their presentation: 

St. Andrew and St. John Chapter, No. 4, Toronto, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Benjamin Joseph Miller. 
Carleton Chapter, No. 16, Ottawa, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Edward James MoCleery. 
Ezra Chapter, No. 23, Simcoe, Ont. 

Ex. Comp. Harry Augustine Johnson. 
Tecumseh Chapter, No. 24, Stratford, Ont. 

Ex. Comp. Edward Denroche; Ex. Comp. Alexander Abraham. 
St. Marks Chapter, No. 26, Trenton, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Archibald Donald Maclntyre. 
Manitou Chapter, No. 27, Collingwood, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Ralph Erskine Robertson. 
Grimsby Chapter, No. 69, Grimsby, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. James A. Wray; Ex. Comp. John Herbert Forman. 
Aylmer Chapter, No. 81, Aylmer, Ont. 

Ex. Comp. Henry L. Stratton. 
Ionic Chapter, No. 83, Orangeville, Ont. 

Ex. Comp. William Herbert Bowles; Ex. Comp. Hugh Edmund 

Sproule; Ex. Comp. Edward Edleston Wilson. 
Kitchener Chapter, No. 117, Kitchener, Ont. 

Ex. Comp. Jacob A. Hallman. 
St. Francis Chapter, No. 133, Smith Falls, Ont. 

Ex. Comp. Michael Lavelle. 
The St. Patrick Chapter, No. 145, Toronto, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. William R. Ledger. 
Atwood Chapter, No. 149, Rainy River, Ont. 

Ex. Comp. Malcolm McNeill; R. Ex. Comp. Mark Barrett. 
Ancaster Chapter, No. 155, Ancaster, Ont. 

Ex. Comp. George Albert Almas. 


Temiskaming Chapter, No. 169, New Ldskeard, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Francis Louden Smiley. 
Cobalt Chapter, No. 203, Cobalt, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Frank H. Todd. 

Toronto Welfare Committee 

This committee has continued to carry on its great work 
for humanity. For those not familiar with the work, let me 
say they have, for twelve years past, every summer supplied 
transportation for mothers and children who are taken to the 
camps at Jackson's Point and Bronte. These are mothers 
and children from the underprivileged homes of Toronto, who 
are gathered together by social workers and to whom this 
outing is a foretaste of heaven. During the year 186 automo- 
biles participated in the work, transporting to and from the 
camps 1,300 mothers and children, and in doing so, travelling 
a mileage of 14,944 miles. All the baggage is also transported, 
all at the cost for the year of $579.44 just for gasoline, oil and 
car service. It is so easy to start a work of this kind with 
great enthusiasm and carry on for one year, but to keep it 
going, year in and year out, as has been done by this com- 
mittee, sets an example of sterling Masonic worth which com- 
mands our admiration and appreciation. 

By-Laws — New and Amendments 

I approved New By-Laws for: 
The Moira Chapter, No. 7, Belleville, Ontario. 
Pentalpha Chapter, No. 28, Oshawa, Ontario. 

and Amendments to By-Laws of the following: 
The Hiram Chapter, No. 2, Hamilton, Ontario. 
Mount Moriah Chapter, No. 19, St. Catharines, Ontario. 
Waterloo Chapter, No. 32, Gait, Ontario. 
Signet Chapter, No. 34, Barrie, Ontario. 
Palestine Chapter, No. 54, St. Thomas, Ontario. 
York Chapter, No. 62, Toronto, Ontario. 
St. Clair Chapter, No. 75, Milton, Ontario. 
MacNabb Chapter, No. 88, Dresden, Ontario. 
Brant Chapter, No. 115, Paris, Ontario. 
King Cyrus Chapter, No. 119, Leamington, Ontario. 
Oakwood Chapter, No. 233, Toronto, Ontario. 
The St. Andrew Chapter, No. 238, London, Ontario. 
McKay Chapter, No. 243, Stoney Creek, Ontario. 

Grand Representatives 

I had the pleasure of recommending for appointment as 
Grand Representatives, to represent the Grand Chapters 


named near the Grand Chapter of Canada, the following Com- 
panions : 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Alberta, 

R. Ex. Comp. Reginald V. Conover, Brampton, Ont. 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Saskatchewan, 

R. Ex. Comp. C. Alex. Sollitt, Peterborough, Ont, 
The Most Excellent Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of 
the State of Florida, 

R, Ex. Comp. Kenneth N. Carrie, Toronto, Ont. 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Oregon, 

R. Ex. Comp. William E. Tregenza, Windsor, Ont. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Wyoming, 

R. Ex. Comp. Frederick William Dean, Hamilton, Ont. 

and Approved the appointment of the following Grand Repre- 
sentatives to represent this Grand Chapter near their Grand 
Body as follows: 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Nebraska, 

Ex. Comp. John N. McCune, Kearney, Nebraska. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Delaware, 

Ex. Comp. Nathaniel D. Rand, Wilmington, Delaware. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Ohio, 
Ex. Comp. George J. Kohler, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

As I visit the various jurisdictions, I am struck with the 
varying talent of the Companions who represent our jurisdic- 
tion. Some of them are keen and attentive to their duties and 
will see that the Head of the Order from Canada is looked 
after when he visits the jurisdiction to which they are cred- 
ited. But in a large number of cases I have visited other jur- 
isdictions and the Representative of Canada has not come 
forward to even say: How do you do. It sometimes happens 
that a man who is a good representative is unable to attend 
the Convocation of the Grand Chapter where his duty so calls 
but surely he could make that known and arrange for some- 
body else to act for him. For instance, pur dearly beloved 
Right Excellent Companion Frank Ebbitt of Iroquois Falls, 
one of the old war horses of capitular masonry in this juris- 
diction, represents Maryland. His duties make it impossible 
to attend Grand Chapter, but he always sees that they are 
taken care of, and as a representative in Grand Lodge, Mark 
Grand Lodge and the various other bodies, he is a keen cor- 
respondent, and a dozen times during the past year I have 
been indebted to him for most extensive interesting news and 


correspondence from foreign jurisdictions. If all our repre- 
sentatives would wake up and live up to their duties, what a 
Masonic family the world would be ! 


During- the year it has not been possible to visit as many 
Lodges and Chapters as I should have liked. Several of 
the juniors from my office are on duty with His Majesty's 
Forces, and we are carrying" on, although short-handed, but 
as long as there was a liberal amount of gasoline, I was able 
to work during part of the day and then travel by car to 
places of meeting, frequently getting home in the small hours 
of the morning. The shortage of gasoline, however, put an 
end to this. 

I have made the following visitations during the year: 

On April 30th I visited the Union Lodge, No. 3, at Grimsby, 
where the work of the evening was put on by a team com- 
posed entirely of Royal Arch Masons, in the presence of a 
large gathering of local and visiting members. Union Lodge 
interests me because it was chartered in 1797 from the Modern 
Grand Lodge of England and because in the early days of our 
Grand Chapter the Grand First Principal ruled that Master 
Masons from that Lodge were not eligible to receive the Royal 
Arch ; because the Master Masons' degree work in that Lodge 
had no legend of Hiram in it; at the same time suggesting 
that the Lodge adopt the work of the United Grand Chapter 
of England of 181.3 and bring themselves in line with current 

On June 28th I attended a Divine Service at Norwich 
Street Church of Christ at Guelph, when our Grand Chaplain, 
Right Excellent Companion Rev. Wm. G. Kitchen, preached 
the sermon. It was a goodly gathering. 

On Tuesday, the 14th of July, I was privileged, as Grand 
Z., to attend the deliberations of the Board of General Pur- 
poses of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of 
Ontario and was a guest of that Grand Body throughout its 
communications on the 15th and 16th, on which latter day I 
had the privilege of addressing Grand Lodge in my official 
position as Head of the Grand Chapter of Canada. The out- 
standing fellowship between Grand Lodge and Grand Chapter 
is, to my mind, most significant and hopeful. Masonry has 
experienced troublesome days in the past, and experiences 
teach us that they again will in the future, but I trust the two 


bodies of Free Masonry will be found always standing faith- 
fully side by side. 

Accompanied by the Most Excellent, the Grand Scribe E., 
I journeyed westward the first week of September to visit the 
brethren of the Algoma District. We were met at Port Arthur 
by our Grand Superintendent, Right Excellent Companion 
Richard Routly, who accompanied us throughout the whole 
visit to the District. 

Our first meeting was on Labour Day, September 7th, at 
Kenora. It was not a good day to have a Lodge Meeting as 
the town was crowded with visitors from Manitoba and 
Ontario, and a large circus had its tents set up for that day. 
Despite all opposition, however, we had a goodly meeting. 

The next day we journeyed by bus to Fort Frances, arriving 
there early in the afternoon. We were splendidly entertained 
by the Companions there. Our meeting took the shape of a 
dinner open to all Masons of the district, and the accommoda- 
tion, large as it was, was crowded. After dinner we turned to 
the Chapter room where, after a very short reception, the 
doors were thrown open to all the Masons, and I was privileged 
to address the Brethren and Companions. 

The train out of Fort Frances does not leave until 3.30 
in the morning, but despite that, a delightful group of Com- 
panions saw to it that we were not lonely until the train left. 

We arrived in Port Arthur on Wednesday forenoon and 
that evening were the guests of Shuniah Chapter, No. 82, Port 
Arthur, and Fort William Chapter, No. 140, Fort William. A 
joint meeting was held in the big Lodge Room at Port Arthur. 
Both Chapters participated, one in the opening and closing, 
while the meeting was under the chairmanship of Right Excel- 
lent Companion Routly as Grand Superintendent. It was a 
crowded hall and attentive audience. 

I would like here, while extending my thanks to all the 
officers of these bodies for their courtesies, to particularly 
mention the courtesy extended to me by Excellent Companion 
Axel H. Knutson, a member of our Grand Executive and an 
outstanding Mason, whom it is indeed a privilege to know. 

On September 27th, accompanied by the Most Excellent, 
the Grand Scribe E., I attended a Divine Service of the Huron 
District, No. 6, held at the town of Port Elgin, under the direc- 
tion of our Grand Superintendent, Right Excellent Companion 
Charles Fotheringham. We have no Chapter at Port Elgin, 
which, however, is the residence of the Grand Superintendent, 
and we were the guests of the Lodge there. The musical 


service, under the direction of the Grand Superintendent, who 
is the organist of the church, was an outstanding' feature of 
a very successful meeting. 

On September 30th the Grand Council met at Toronto in 
conjunction with the Committees on Education and Instruc- 

On October 7th and 8th, accompanied by the Grand Scribe 
E., I attended the annual meeting of the Grand Chapter of 
Ohio held at Columbus. It was most interesting to see the 
Grand Chapter of that great jurisdiction at work. I was 
privileged to address a meeting of the officers of the various 
Masonic bodies held on the evening of the 7th, and next day 
at the dinner I was privileged to hear a wonderful address 
from that great Mason, Most Excellent Companion Ray V. 
Denslow, the General Grand High Priest of the General Grand 
Chapter of the U.S.A. I look forward to the day when Most 
Excellent Companion Denslow will be able to attend one of our 
Convocations and let us hear from his lips the story of the 
tremendous work which the Royal Arch is doing through 

Most Excellent Companion Mills most kindly took for me 
the dedication meetings held at Madoc on the 14th of October, 
and at Picton on the 15th. The Companions of those jurisdic- 
tions have expressed to me their great delight in the addresses 
which were delivered by Most Excellent Companion Mills on 
those occasions. 

The following week I had arranged to drive Right Excel- 
lent Companion Burden and Monteith to visit the various 
Chapters in the Temiskaming District, No. 16, but notice from 
the Oil Controller issued two days before cutting down the use 
of gasoline made this impossible, and therefore I made the 
journey alone by rail. 

On Wednesday, the 21st of October, I was the guest of 
Temiskaming Chapter, No. 169, held at New Liskeard, a meet- 
ing open to all Master Masons and at which there were pres- 
ent members from every Craft Lodge in that part of the 

On the 22nd I was the guest of Northern Lights Lodge, 
No. 213, held at Timmins, a meeting also open to Master 
Masons and where the attendance taxed the accommodation 
of the hall. I was struck with the great disappointment 
expressed to me on every hand by members, both of the 
Lodges and Chapters, at the absence of Right Excellent Com- 
panions Burden and Monteith. The warm friendship which 


I found expressed for both these Right Excellent Companions 
throughout that part of the jurisdiction speaks well for the 
success which they will have when they in turn preside over 
Grand Chapter. 

I was unfortunately prevented from attending the Con- 
vocation of Grand Chapter at Virginia and Illinois the follow- 
ing week, but the press of other engagements made it abso- 
lutely impossible. 

On the 30th of October I was privileged to attend a mass 
meeting of all Masons of the St. Clair District, No. 1, held at 
Blenheim, the home of Blenheim Chapter, No. 239. Every 
Chapter in the St. Clair District was represented, as well as 
almost every Lodge within the confines of that District. It 
was an overflow attendance which listened with great atten- 
tion to the address which I presented. 

On the 5th of November I visited the New Ontario Dis- 
trict No. 15. I was met at North Bay by our Grand Superin- 
tendent, Right Excellent Companion Thomas Edward Cribb, 
who accompanied me to the meeting at Sudbury on the 5th 
and Sault Ste. Marie on the 6th. The enthusiasm and hos- 
pitality of the Companions in that District is outstanding. 
The great number of Master Masons not belonging to the 
Chapters who attended the meeting showed the good fellow- 
ship between the Craft bodies in both places. 

On the 21st of November I had accepted an invitation to be 
the guest of St. Patrick's Chapter, Toronto, but at the last 
minute sickness made it impossible. 

On December 3rd I was privileged to attend the annual 
meeting of the Grand Holy Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania. It 
was a pleasure to again meet Most Excellent Companion Frank 
R. Leech, whose attendance at our Chapter some years past 
had been so greatly appreciated. 

On December 28th I attended the joint installation of the 
three Masonic Lodges at Peterborough, and after the dinner 
which followed the installations, delivered the St. John's Day 
address. In spite of the great sleet storm which was on that 
night, the Brethren at Peterborough were unable to accom- 
modate all those who wanted to attend. I might mention in 
passing that the Corinthian Chapter, No. 36, received eleven 
applications for exaltation the following week. 

On January 2nd I attended Wentworth Lodge at Stoney 
Creek, who had made themselves host to a number of other 
lodges of the District and had the pleasure of addressing the 
Brethren at the Banquet Hour. 


On January 7th a meeting was held at the office in Toronto 
of the Grand Council, together with the Educational Con> 
mittee discussing- work in connection with the instruction of 
Grand Superintendents. 

On January 19th I had the pleasure of introducing our 
Right Excellent Grand Second Principal John M. Burden to 
Hamilton Chapter in my own home city. The address he de- 
livered that evening made such an impression upon all those 
present that I forsee great things for our Grand Chapter in 
the year to come. 

On February 2nd I was the guest of Mount Sinai Chapter, 
Toronto, celebrating their Twenty-fifth Anniversary. Our 
Companions of Mount Sinai adopted a most unique way of 
celebrating this Anniversary. They had a most beautiful 
piece of silver plate prepared and engraved with the com- 
memoration of the twenty-five years of their Chapter life, and 
a presentation address to the Grand Z. to whom they then 
made it a personal present. 

On the 9th and 10th of February the Grand Chapter of 
Manitoba met at Winnipeg. It was their Twentieth Anni- 
versary and I was delighted to attend. It gave me an oppor- 
tunity of reviewing the years when they were part of our own 
Grand Chapter, and we worked as one body. I was struck 
with the attendance from outside jurisdictions — four from 
Canada and twenty-seven from the U.S.A. It shows how inti- 
mately our Manitoba Companions are associated with the 
Companions in the Jurisdictions to the south. It was with 
delight that I received the assurance of the newly elected 
Grand First Principal that he in turn would visit this Con- 
vocation of Grand Chapter. 

I had also the opportunity of renewing associations with 
the heads of the Grand Chapter of Alberta and Saskatchewan, 
both of which were, in days gone by, part of our jurisdiction. 

On March 12th I journeyed to Cincinnati to deliver an 
address before the semi-annual Educational gathering of the 
Companions of the State of Ohio and of the adjoining terri- 
tories of Kentucky. 

On March 16th I had the pleasure of being the guest of 
Georgian Chapter, No. 56, at Owen Sound. As that happens 
to be my birth-place, it was like going home. The Chapter 
is small but has a group of faithful, earnest Companions. 

On the 20th of March I attended the annual Irish Night 
of St. Patrick's Chapter, Toronto, and on the following even- 
ing the 21st, again journeyed to Toronto to attend the church 


service held under the auspices of that Chapter in Eglinton 
United Church. As usual, the body of the Church was largely 
filled by members of the various Toronto Chapters. 

On March 24th I was the guest of Palestine Lodge at 
Toronto, who in turn made themselves host, to a number of 
other Lodges. It gave me an opportunity of presenting the 
intimate association of the Master Masons' degree and the 
Holy Royal Arch. 

On the 31st of March I attended the meeting of the Prin- 
cipals' Association in Toronto, where the speaker for the even- 
ing was the Right Excellent Companion Mathews, P.D.D.G.M. 
of Gibraltar. His address concerning Masonry in the Medi- 
terranean territories served to widen the knowledge of all 
present of the tremendous extent of our world-wide institution. 

On April 13th I was the guest of a joint meeting of Trent 
Lodge and St. Mark's Chapter, No. 26, at Trenton, Ontario. 
These two bodies had extended their invitation to all Masons 
of the District with the usual result of a large and enthusi- 
astic attendance. 

On the 20th of April I was the guest of John Ross Robert- 
son Lodge of Toronto, the lodge which bears the name of 
one of the greatest Masons Canada ever had. There I was 
given the privilege of addressing, not only the members of 
the Lodge, but their numerous visitors on matter concerning 
our rites. 

Alberton Chapter, No. 152 

I have above referred to my visit to the Companions of 
this Chapter at Fort Frances, and how strongly they impressed 
me. It was, therefore, with some surprise that some months 
afterwards I saw by their notice, by formal resolution sub- 
mitted and passed by the Chapter, that an appeal was to be 
made to the other Chapters of the Algoma District to join in 
a petition to this Grand Chapter to permit the Algoma District, 
or at least Alberton Chapter, to transfer their allegiance to 
the Grand Chapter of Manitoba. Nothing appeared on the 
notices of any of the other Chapters. The reason advanced 
that the Order of The Eastern Star and the Oddfellows had 
transferred that territory to Manitoba did not in itself appeal 
to me, but I was concerned that there should be discontent 
within our territory. Everything was done out in the open 
with candour and fair-mindedness, but no attempt was made 
to contact me as Grand Z. or invite correspondence on the 
subject, and naturally I did not make any move. The matter 
is one beyond my jurisdiction. 


This question of territorial jurisdiction was not decided by 
our Grand Chapter in haste. In 1865 a proposition was placed 
before our Grand Chapter to form a Grand Chapter for all of 
British North America, doubtless prompted by the Alaskan 
purchase and the extension of the jurisdiction of the General 
Grand Chapter of the United States. The idea did not meet 
favour as a permanent solution of Masonic organization in 
Canada, and in 1866 Most Excellent Companion Harrington 
brought in a carefully considered scheme for the establish- 
ment of a General Grand Chapter in Canada, under which 
Provincial Chapters should be formed, on the plan adopted 
in the U.S.A. This also was turned down, and afteir mature 
consideration, in 1868, our Grand Chapter established a defin- 
ite plan for the future whereby in the fulness of time, one 
Grand Chapter should be established in each of the Canadian 
Provinces with Provincial boundaries, and that was endorsed. 

Then came the era of the establishment of Grand Chapters, 
commencing with Quebec in 1876, and ending with Manitoba 
and Saskatchewan in 1923, at which time all the Provinces 
had Grand Chapters, although that of Nova Scotia did not 
spring from our Grand Chapter. In every case the principle 
of Provincial boundaries existed. 
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It was the unfortunate overlooking of this resolution by Most 
Excellent Companion McWatt that led to troubles in Alberta, 
but which were finally so happily adjusted in 1916. It will be 
of interest to our members to note that the battle for the 
rights of Alberta was led by John Morgan Empey, who after- 
wards became the Grand First Principal of this Grand Chapter. 
So strong was the feeling for the recognition of Provincial 
boundaries that when! a considerable number of the Chapters 
in Alberta refused to join the newly-formed Provincial Grand 
Chapter, our Grand Chapter sent Most Excellent Companion 
Ponton to visit each of those Chapters and persuade them to 
throw in their lot with the Provincial body. Due to his charm- 
ing powers of persuasion and delightful personality, Most Ex- 
cellent Companion Ponton was one hundred per cent success- 
ful, and every Chapter was persuaded to throw in its lot with 
the new body. 

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It is, therefore, rather startling at this late date to have 
a proposition brought forward to open up the whole question 
and permit a Grand Chapter to warrant subordinate Chapters 
within the territory of another Grand Chapter. 


General Grand Chapter, U.S.A. 

I had hoped to attend the triennial Convocation of the Gen- 
eral Grand Chapter held at Salt Lake City in August last. I 
had attended the meeting" three years before in Charleston, 
South Carolina. Finding it impossible to go because of other 
appointments., I arranged with Most Excellent Companion 
W. Y. Mills to represent our Chapter. This he kindly con- 
sented to do. At the last moment, however, he was unavoid- 
ably prevented. 

It was the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the 
formation of the General Grand Chapter, a body which stands 
in the same relation to the great majority of Grand Chapters 
in the U.S.A. that Grand Chapter of Canada holds to the 
Grand Chapters of our various Provinces, except that in their 
case they maintain an overlordship while our fathers in capitu- 
lary Masonry decided in favour of independent sovereign 

At the meeting several Canadian visitors were present 
from several Canadian Grand Chapters, and a resolution was 
passed inviting all Canadian bodies to affiliate with their Gen- 
eral Grand Chapter. 

I have been in correspondence with Most Excellent Com- 
panion Denslow, the General Grand High Priest, concerning 
this matter, all of which was placed before your executive 

The General Grand has gone so far as to volunteer that at 
their next meeting to be held in New Orleans they change the 
name which they have borne so proudly for 150 years so as to 
make it inclusive of the North American continent. The mat- 
ter was fully discussed at Winnipeg where the Grand Chapter 
of Manitoba applied for and received affiliation, it being then 
definitely declared by Most Excellent Companion Denslow that 
Canadian membership should be that of affiliated, not con- 
stituent, members. This is important because the General 
Grand Chapter in convention three years ago at Charleston, 
S.C., when Massachusetts gave notice to withdraw their mem- 
bership, by formal resolution sustained the ruling of the Gen- 
eral Grand High Priest that a member had no authority to 
withdraw. This matter, no doubt, will receive very serious 
consideration by your Grand Executive, not only this year, 
but in the years to come. 

I can see tremendous possibilities of advance for Royal 
Arch Masonry if our Grand Chapters could work together in 


peace and harmony with the General Grand of the U.S.A., and 
for that membership would not be a prerequisite. 

The General Grand Chapter has just issued the first num- 
ber of a new periodical to be known as "The Royal Arch 
Mason" at a very nominal subscription price. . The first 
number to hand is a magnificient contribution to Royal Arch 
literature, and I would like to see this magazine in the hand 
of every one of our members. It would be an opportunity 
for them to turn their thoughts beyond their own provincial 
boundaries and obtain a world-wide education in matters con- 
cerning capitular Masonry. 

The War 

In conclusion, my brethren, there is one subject which is 
present in the minds of every one of us every waking hour. 
Sorrow of positive knowledge of the loss of loved ones in sur- 
passed only with the strain and anxiety of those who do not 
know. The ranks of the Grand Council officers and member- 
ship have been invaded during the past year by sorrows which 
cannot be healed by any spoken word and can be sustained 
only by carrying our prayers to the Almighty that these our 
honoured Companions and their loved ones may find in His 
compassion the healing of their wounds. 

I cannot better express the feelings present in the minds 
of all of us than by quoting from two of our sister jurisdic- 
tions ; first from the message of the Most Excellent Thomas G. 
Ballantyne, the Most Excellent The Grand First Principal of 
the Grand Chapter of New Brunswick at their Convocation 
on June 26th, 1941 : 

"We are passing through a period of the world's history 
marked by deeds of violence, hate and lawlessness, and the 
powers of evil seem to be gaining the ascendancy for a season 
but the more we understand their doctrine of force and un- 
yielding tyranny, the more convinced we are that such a 
regime cannot long survive. 

"Our Order has survived the turbulent vicissitudes of the 
ages and will continue to thrive among men of good will where- 
soever dispersed over the face of the earth." 

And I also quote from the message of Most Excellent Com- 
panion Sir Cyril Newall, the newly installed Grand First Prin- 
cipal of the Grand Chapter of New Zealand, as follows : 

"We must not lose our sense of perspective, we must not 
allow the seriousness of the situation overburden us. We have 
met greater dangers before and we have overcome them. 


"Less than two years ago, the Empire was in far more dire 
peril than it is today. We proved to the whole world that 
mere weight of metal, mere superiority of members were not 
enough to crush a nation of men, women and children, each 
and all of whom are bound together with an unbreakable 
determination to resist the enemy and win the contest or 
die in the attempt. 

"Let us then resolve to meet whatever blows the days to 
come may have in store for us without flinching. Let us 
buckle on our faith. Let us take new courage from our com- 
panship one with another and the help of our Allies. Let us 
prepare to sacrifice everything except our honour." 

My Companions, the whole Masonic world is one in these 
hours of strife and strain. Let me close by urging that each 
and every one of our membership shall stand fast in the inter- 
ests of those great virtues for which Craft Masonry has ever 

Fraternally submitted, 

Grand Z. 

It was moved by Most Ex. Comp. Llewellyn F. Stephens, 
K.C., seconded by R. Ex. Comp. A. H. Monteith, and — 

Resolved, — That the address of the M. Ex. the Grand Z. be referred 
to the Executive Committee to report thereon during the present Con- 
vocation of Grand Chapter. 


To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 


R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burnett, Wallaceburg, Ontario, 

Grand Superintendent 

May I express my appreciation to the Companions of St. 
Clair District for electing me to the office of Grand Superin- 
tendent and to the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal 
for confirmation of same. I wish also to thank Ex. Comp. 
E. E. Hackett, my efficient District Secretary, for his splendid 
assistance and co-operation. 

On each of my inspection visits I was received in true 
Masonic spirit and I am grateful to all the Officers and Com- 
panions for their many courtesies. Owing to gasoline ration- 
ing and the necessity of working at nights, there were not as 
many Companions at my various visits as would otherwise 
have been present, but almost all Chapters had degree work 
and in every case degree work and business was done in a 
highly creditable and dignified manner. Membership in the 
district has shown an increase during 1942 and 1943, notices 
to date seem to indicate that this year will also record an 

On October SOth a gathering of approximately 175 Craft 
Masons and Companions were present at a banquet sponsored 
by Blenheim Chapter and afterwards were privileged to hear 
Most Ex. Comp. L. F. Stephens give a splendid address on 
"The Philosophy of Free Masonry". Most Ex. Comp. Edwin 
Smith, Grand Scribe E., was also present. 

On January 14th, a joint installation was held in Chatham 
when the Officers of Blenheim, King Cyrus, Erie and Welling- 
ton Chapters were installed in their respective offices. At this 
ceremony I had the honour of acting as installing officer, and 
was ably assisted by R. Ex. Comp. Ed. Worth, E. H. Brennan, 
and A. S. H. Cree, Very Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Hay, Ex. Comp. 
Chas Waghorne and J. H. Sullivan. A large number of Com- 
panions were present and the meeting gave promise of in- 
creased interest in these particular Chapters. 

I only regret that owing to present day conditions, I was 
unable to visit the various Chapters as often as I would have 
liked, but I am looking forward to the time when I shall 
be able to renew the many pleasant friendships made during 
my term as Grand Superintendent. 


In conclusion, I desire to express my appreciation to all the 
Chapters of this District and Companions for their kind sup- 
port and co-operation. I shall retire from this office with 
pleasant memories and bespeak for my successor the same 
kindly consideration that was accorded to me. 


R. Ex. Comp. Gordon U. Howell, Lambeth, Ontario, 
Grand Superintendent 

Let us for a moment pause with respect, in memory of the 
Late Most Excellent Comp. John Morgan Empey, who gave 
without regard to his personal health, his time and energy 
for the advancement of Royal Arch Masonry in particular, 
and Free Masonry in all its various Branches, in general. 
His professional engineering duties, particularly the construc- 
tion of highways, brought our paths together for many years 
and I sincerely regret His passing. 

To the Companions of London District, I wish to express 
my thanks for the honour of representing the Most Excellent 
the Grand First Principal, in London District, and to him for 
his confirmation of their selection. 

My first duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. Deacon Chapman 
as District Secretary, who performed the duties of his office 
in a very efficient manner. 

The Instructional Programme, as outlined by Grand Chap- 
ter, was carried out at five different points of the District. The 
idea of having this instruction in different places was primar- 
ily due to the restrictions of travel which would have had a 
detrimental effect on attendance if attempted at one central 
point. With this in view, Programmes were held at St. 
Thomas, Sept. 2nd; London, Sept. 3rd; Strathroy, Sept. 4th, 
at Special meetings called for that purpose and at Sarnia, Oct. 
22nd; In wood, Nov. 9th, when making my inspection visits. 
These meetings were well attended and from the constructive 
discussion which took place and subsequently at the various 
Chapter Convocations, I feel assured that progress is being 
made as outlined in the Manuel of Instructions. My thanks 
to M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Brad- 
shaw, R. Ex. Comp. John Oswald and V. Ex. Comp. H. E. 
Abell, for their generous assistance in connection with these 
Instruction Programmes. 

On Sunday, Sept. 27th, the District Divine Service was 
held in the Lambeth United Church. We were honoured by 


the presence of many present and past Grand Chapter Officers 
and Companions of the District. Bro. Rev. M. E. Conron was 
in charge of the Service and delivered a very inspiring- address. 
Assisting with the service were Comp. Rev. John Bannatyne, 
R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw and Ex. Comp. Chas. 

My visits to the fourteen Chapters through the District 
were well attended, notwithstanding the restrictions to travel 
and the many Companions who were unavoidably absent due 
to war activity. Degrees were conferred with dignity and a 
thorough knowledge of the work. I wish to commend the 
Past Principals and Companions in filling the gaps of those 
officers who had answered the call to Military Service or were 
absent because of transf eirment to other centres because of 
the pressing need for men in War Industries and Transporta- 
tion Systems. 

The Companions of St. Paul's Chapter who accompanied me 
when making the various visits made my duties very pleasant 
and to them my sincere appreciation and thanks. 

To the Companions throughout London District, thank you 
for the loyal and sincere support which you have given to 
me. The many pleasant duties which fell to my lot this year 
will leave memories indelibly imprinted upon my mind which 
I shall cherish in the years to come and I trust that this same 
loyal support will be given to my successor in Office. 


R. Ex. Comp. W. W. Tough, Paris, Ontario, 
Grand Superintendent 

It is with pleasure that I submit my report on the con- 
dition of Capitular Masonry in Wilson District, No. 3, for the 
year 1942. 

I wish to express my sincere thanks to the Chapters of this 
District for the honour in selecting me and to the Most Excel- 
lent the Grand Z. for his confirmation of the same. 

My first act was to appoint Ex. Comp. John D. Smith, as 
District Secretary, which duties he performed in a very sat- 
isfactory and efficient manner, for which I express my sincere 

My detailed report of the Inspection of each Chapter has 
been forwarded to the Grand Scribe E. so I shall content myself 
with making passing comment. 

Visits of Inspection were made as follows : 


Oct. 2nd — MountHoreb Chapter, No. 20, Brantford, Ontario. 
Oct. 16th — Oxford Chapter, No. 18, Woodstock, Ontario. 
Oct. 20th — Brant Chapter, No. 115, Paris, Ontario. 
Nov. 11th — Regal Chapter, No. 253, Port Dover, Ontario. 
Nov. 13th — Harris Chapter, No. 41, Ingersoll, Ontario. 
Dec. 17th — Ezra Chapter, No. 23, Simcoe, Ontario. 

Ritualistic work presented was invariably of a high 
character. The secretarial work in all Chapters is in good 

On every occasion I was received with Grand Honours and 
the warmth and sincerity of my reception left nothing to be 
desired. I did not see the degree work put on at my Inspec- 
tion visits at four of the Chapters, but I visited them on other 
occasions and they did the work very well. 

I was honoured by some of the Chapters of the District 
by being asked to install their Officers for the ensuing year. 
I was sorry I could not visit Ezra Chapter, Simcoe, to perform 
this ceremony. 

I was accompanied on most of my visits by Ex. Comp. J. F. 
Churchill, whom I sincerely thank. 

In conclusion, I wisih to express my appreciation to all the 
Chapters of this District for their kind support under difficult 
and trying times, and may we hope for peace and victory before 
my successor puts in his report. 

To my successor, I extend sincere felicitation and good 
wishes, and bespeak for him the same hearty co-operation 
that I have enjoyed. 


R. Ex. Comp. George C. Brown, Norval, Ontario, 
Grand Superintendent 

I have the honour to submit for your consideration, my 
report of the condition of Capitular Masonry in Wellington 
District for the year 1942, but before doing so, I wish to 
express our deepest sympathy, in the death of our beloved, 
Most Excellent Companion John M. Empey, Grand Z., who 
passed away at his Sisters' residence, Ingersoll, Ontario, on 
May 21st, 1942. We remember him as A Faithful Christian, 
A Kind Gentleman, a Mason. 

I express my thanks to the Companions for the honour 
they conferred upon me by having my name submitted to the 
Most Excellent the Grand Z. for the office of Grand Superin- 


tendent. In accepting the office, I wias not unmindful of its 
duties and responsibilities, and despite the abnormal conditions 
prevailing in the outer world, Royal Arch Masonry in Welling- 
ton District continues to pulsate as a living organism of power 
and influence. 

The work has been of a most enjoyable and educational 
nature and my sincere gratitude is hereby formally extended 
to all the Chapters for their kindness, hospitality and the frank 
and hearty manner in which they discussed their respective 
problems with me. The many courtesies received from all 
the Chapters in the District, will always be cherished. The 
new friendships formed, and the old ones renewed, fully com- 
pensate me for any time or effort spent. 

My first duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. E. V. MacCormack 
as District Secretary, whose ability in that capacity is of a 
very higfa order. He has on our several visits been a tower 
of strength and support, not only to me, but also to the Fra- 
ternity, and for this service, on behalf of myself and the Dis- 
trict, I tender to him our sincere appreciation. I also had the 
honour to appoint Ex. Comp. Rev. W. G. 0. Thompson, my 
District Chaplain, who accompanied me on several of my visits 
throughout the District, and in his usual genial manner, made 
his presence felt among the Companions. 

One of the most outstanding events of the year, was the 
Chapter of Instruction held in Halton Chapter, Georgetown, 
on Friday evening, May 13th, when R. Ex. Comp. John M, 
Burden, Grand H., and R. Ex. Comp. W. S. M. Enouy, Grand 
Lecturer, and an expert on Ritualistic work were present to 
lead in this very important work. Seven of the nine Chapters 
of the District were represented, also representatives from 
Milton and Brampton Chapters, and all voiced their appre- 

Another Special event in the District was the District 
Church service, which was held under the auspices of Guelph 
Chapter, No. 40, at the Church of Christ Disciples on Sunday 
Evening, June 28th, when R. Ex. Comp. Rev. Wm. G. Kitchen, 
Grand Chaplain, preached to a large number of Royal Arch 
Masons, among whom were our Grand Z., Most. Ex. Comp. L. F. 
Stephens, K.C., our Grand J., R. Ex. Comp. A. H. Monteith, 
K.C., and many other distinguished visitors. 

My detailed report of the Inspection of each Chapter has 
been forwarded to the Grand Scribe E. and to the ruling Z. 
of each Chapter, so I shall content myself with making pass- 
ing comment. 


May 19th — Preston Chapter, No. 245, Preston, Ont. 

June 9th — Enterprise Chapter, No. 67, Palmerston, Ont. 

Sept. 17th— Waterloo Chapter, No. 32, Gait, Ont. 

Oct. 2nd — Kitchener Chapter, No. 117, Kitchener, Ont. 

Oct. 6th — Ionic Chapter, No. 83, Orangeviile, Ont. 

Oct. 19th— Guelph Chapter, No. 40, Guelph, Ont. 

Nov. 20th — Halton Chapter, No. 221, Durham, Ont. 

Nov. 27th— Pince Edward Chapter, No. 218, Shelbume, Ont. 

On each and every one of these visits the work of the 
Officers was invariably of a high character and very uniform 
throughout. The Secretarial work in all the Chapters is in 
excellent hands and earned great praise, and while the out- 
standing dues have been reduced, I am confident, that with 
th assistance of the "New Finance Committees" formed, these 
will be taken care of in a very short time. 

I was received with Grand Honours on all my visits and 
the sincerity of my reception left nothing to be desired. 

On Nov. 13th, I again visited Guelph Chapter and witnessed 
the presentation of the Grand Chapter regalia to R. Ex. Cbmp. 
Rev. Wm. G. Kitchen, Grand Chaplain. The presentation was 
made by V. Ex. Comp. John T. Power, on behalf of the Com- 
panions of Guelph Chapter, who spoke very highly of his 
ability and activities in Royal Arch Masonry. 

During the year, I visited with the First Principals of 
Ionic Chapter, Orangeviile, and Prince Edward Chapter, Shel- 
burne, on several occasions and while they have not had any 
candidates for some time, they are both very enthusiastic 
about the future, and are living in high hope of securing some 
at an early date. 

I desire to express my appreciation to R. Ex. Comp. Dr. 
Gordon V. Hilborn, for visiting Georgetown on Nov. 20th and 
carrying out the Inspection of my home Chapter. On June 
9th on my visit of Inspection to Enterprise Chaper, Palmer- 
ston, I was honoured by the presence of R. Ex. Comp. Chas. 
Fotheringham, Grand Superintendent of Huron District ,No. 6, 
but on account of travel restrictions was not able to 


R. Ex. Comp. John Herbert Forbes, Hamilton, Ontario, 

Grand Superintendent 

I am grateful to the Companions of Hamilton District for 
the privilege of serving them as Grand Superintendent for 
the past year and to the Most Excellent, the Grand Z. for his 
approval of their choice. 


Ex. Comp. R. J. Deacon, of the Hiram Chapter, No. 2, has 
acted as District Secretary, and has truly been to me, guide, 
philosopher and friend and to him I express my thanks. 

It is with regret that I must deepen the sombre hues of 
the reports of my predecessors. While numbers are not the 
only index of the vitality of an organization, they form one 
of the best. This district shows a loss of 30 (from a member- 
ship at Jan. 1st, 1942, of 887) about S l /j%. This compares 
with 3% for the previous year. 

Of the thirty who were lost to us, seventeen were sus- 
pended or resigned. No thinking Chapter suspends a man 
lightly. Reasons given for resigning are not always convinc- 
ing to a Chapter. But the need for suspension and the wish 
to resign, indicate that the Companion has failed to find in 
Royal Arch Masonry what he hoped for, or was incapable of 
appreciating what he did find. In the first case the fault is 
ours; in the second case, our investigation of the applicant 
must hase been perfunctory. 

I have, with one exception, inspected every Chapter in the 
District. Due to previous commitments, which conflicted with 
their altered meeting night, I have had to postpone my visit 
to St. Clair Chapter, No. 75, Milton, until March 25th. 

In most Chapters I find the officers to be earnest, capable 
men. In few cases are they indifferent or careless. The pro- 
gramme of instruction, instituted by Grand Chapter, will, I 
hope, be of benefit to those who wish to improve their service 
to their Chapter. 

I believe, however, that Grand Chapter must give consid- 
eration and serious consideration, to plans for stopping the 
steady process of attrition which has brought the member- 
ship of the jurisdiction from 18,107 on Dec. 31, 1938, to 16,134 
on Dec. 31, 1941, during times when employment was plenti- 
ful and monetary considerations could scarcely be advanced 
as the reason for discontinuing membership. 


R. Ex. Comp. Charles Fotheringham, Port Elgin, Ont., 
Grand Superintendent 

I wish to express my appreciation of the honour conferred 
on me by the Companions of Huron District in selecting me 
for the office of Grand Superintendent, and also to thank 
the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal for his confirma- 


My first act was to ask V. Excellent Comp. Rev. J. W. 
Stewart, Assistant Grand Chaplain, to act as District Chaplain 
and to appoint Ex. Comp. J. A. George, of Chantry Chapter, 
No. 130, as District Secretary. The District Secretary per- 
formed his task with the utmost fidelity and V. Ex. Comp. 
J. W. Stewart was a "very present help in time of trouble." 

My first thought on leaving Grand Chapter at Niagara 
Falls, was to give to the constituent Chapters the benefit of 
the instruction received at a special meeting for the newly 
elected Grand Superintendents. To this end, I called up R. Ex. 
Comp. Adam Dahmer, Immediate Past Grand Superintendent 
of Huron District, and V. Ex. Comp. Rev. J. W. Stewart for 
their assistance. We then called a meeting on May 4th, at 
Listowell, for all Principals (Past and Present), for the Dis- 
trict. Very Ex. Comp. J. W. Stewart spoke on "Chapter Com- 
mittees and their Duties" and R. Ex. Comp. A. Dahmer spoke 
on "Scribes E. and their Duties". Considerable enithusism 
for the carrying out of this instruction was shown and some 
very good work has been and is still being done in the Chap- 
ters. Any credit for the good work done must be given to 
V. Ex. Comp. Stewart and R. Ex. Comp. Dahmer. 

My visits of inspection were as follows: 

May 12th, 1942 — Lucknow Chapter, No. 47, Lucknow, Out. 
May 22nd, 1942— Tecumseh Chapter, No, 24, Stratford, Ont. 
June 19th, 1942 — Havelock Chapter, No. 63, Kincardine, Ont, 
Oct. 12th, 1942— St. James Chapter, No. 46, St. Mary's, Ont. 
Oct. 19th, 1942— Malloch Chapter, No. 66, Seaforth, Ont. 
Oct. 20th, 1942— Huron Chapter, No. 30, Goderich, Ont. 
Oct. 30th, 1942— Bernard Chapter, No. 146, Listowel, Ont. 
Nov. 17th, 1942— Lebanon Chapter, No. 84, Wingham, Ont. 
Dec. 1st, 1942— Elliott Chapter, No. 129, Mitchell, Ont. 
Feb. 2nd, 1943^Chantry Chapter, No. 130, Southampton, Ont. 

The Degree work presented throughout the District was 
of a very high standard and the Secretarial work is in good 
hands. In all cases the prospects of the Chapters are very 
good. On every occasion I was received with Grand Honours. 
The warmth and sincerity of the reception left nothing to be 

The Divine Service held in the District was a real event. 
Rev. J. W. Stewart, Assistant Grand Chaplain, was the officiat- 
ing minister and Rev. A. P. Gillies, B.A., B.D., gave the 
address of welcome. We were honoured with the presence of 
the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Most Ex. Comp. 


L. F. Stephens, and Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, Grand 
Scribe E. Companions were present from Southampton, Luck- 
now, Kincardine and other pionts. 

I visited with the Grand Superintendent of Wellington Dis- 
trict on his visit to Palmerston Chapter and with the Grand 
Superintendent of Georgian District on his visits to Wiarton 
and Owen Sound. From these visits I received some real 

In conclusion, I desire to express my appreciation to R. Ex. 
Comp. Adam Dahmer, V. Ex. Comp. J. W. Stewart, Assistant 
Grand Chaplain, and Ex. Comp. J. A. George, P.Z., of Chantry 
Chapter, No. 130, and all other Companions for their loyal sup- 
port and co-operation. I shall retire from this office with very 
pleasant memories of a well spent year. 

Have I made some sad heart brighter? 

Then I am glad. 
Have I made some burden lighter? 

Then I am glad. 
Have I been of service true, 
Have I cleared the distant view, 
Have I been a help to you? 

Then I am glad. 


R. Ex. Comp. Thos. Camelford, Dunnville, Ont., 
Grand Superintendent 

I wish to take this opportunity of thanking the Compan- 
ions of the District for the honour conferred on me in select- 
ing me as their Grand Superintendent, and the Most Excellent 
the Grand First Principal for his confirmation. 

I have made my inspection visit to all the Chapters and 
was received by each most cordially. All the degrees were 
exemplified in an excellent manner during the visits and all 
the Chapters but one worked a degree. On account of the 
shortage of tires and gasoline rationing, there were fewer 
visitors at the meetings than would ordinarily have been 
the case. 

The affairs of the various Chapters are in good hands and 
are being looked after capably. 

Capitular Masonry is in a very healthy condition in this 
District with the exception Of Grimsby and Smith ville, both 
of which are rather quiet, due I feel to the fact that these 
communities have no war industries and their young men 


who are not already in the armed forces are no doubt on 
shift work in nearby cities. I look forward to an improve- 
ment in their affairs as soon as conditions return to some^ 
thing' more normal. 

Most of the Chapters are exceptionally active and show 
a much greater interest being taken in Capitular Masonary. 
During- my term of office the nine Chapters have accepted 
Thirty-eight candidates which shows a marked improvement 
and speaks well for the future of Capitular Masonry in this 


R. Ex. Comp. R. Harold B. Cook, Toronto, Ont., 
Grand Superintendent 

I wish to express my appreciation of the honour that the 
Companions conferred on me by selecting- me for the office 
of Grand Superintendent, also my sincere thanks for the con- 
firmation of the appointment. 

I was fortunate in securing- Ex. Comp. John H. Knowles 
as my Secretary and am glad of this opportunity of paying 
tribute to his faithful and untiring- service throughout the 

As the representative of the Grand First Principal, I was 
properly received and royally welcomed in every Chapter. A 
degree was conferred at every inspection — the work rang- 
ing from fair to excellent. All Chapter records are being 
kept in a satisfactory manner. Some record books are a 
work of art. I wish to recognize the excellent work and co- 
operation of the Scribes E. of every Chapter. 

Aurora Chapter welcomed R. Ex. Comp. Mort. L. Levy, 
Grand Superintendent of Toronto West District, No. 8A, in 
the exchange of visits of Inspection. I had the pleasure of 
inspecting Mount Sinai Chapter when the H.R.A. was con- 

I especially wish to mention the excellent H.R.A. degree 
conferred by The St. Patrick Chapter during the evening of 
my visit. This excellent degree, due to many degrees 
and rehearsals by well-skilled officers, impressed the Com- 
panions who were sitting in the North and the South. This 
degree showed that Companions can be really interested in 
the "Work in the Chapter Room". * I offer that challenge to 
every Chapter. 

On November 21, The St. Patrick Chapter held "Old 


Timers and Grand Chapter Night". This was the largest 
convocation of the year and deserves commendation not only 
due to the number present but as an example of what can 
be done to get the Companions' attendance. Here was an 
example of co-ordinated committee work which began months 
before the convocation. 

In January, the Installing Principal in every Chapter was 
a member of that Chapter and many of the associated officers 
were P.Z.'s of that Chapter. The Grand Chapter officers of 
the two districts gave valuable assistance in these impres- 
sive Ceremonies. I wish to thank R. Ex. Comp. Mort. L. Levy 
for his co-operation in arranging exchange visits at Installa- 
tions. I had the pleasure of assisting in Lebanon and Shek- 
inah Chapters of Toronto West District. 

The Ruling Principals of this District were invited to con- 
fer the M.M.M. at York Chapter, the M.E.M. at St. Andrew 
and St. John Chapter and the H.R.A. at Victoria Chapter. 
At the rehearsals and degrees an opportunity was presented 
to assist in the working of the degrees uniformly and also 
to develop a unity in the District. I recommend the continu- 
ance of these Lodges and Chapters of Instruction to my suc- 

The officers for 1943 have accepted their opportunities for 
service by working, with "Service and Progress" as their aim. 
In order to do this ,the committees have been formed and we 
have seen and are continuing to see this progress by petitions 
for membership. I am sure that better work and better at- 
tendance will result. 

On examining the statistical report for 1942, the record 
showed that 49 passed to the Grand Chapter above while only 
34 initiated. The district showed a decrease in membership 
of 64 during the year. This has presented the Principals and 
Companions with a challenge. A long range programme of 
"Service and Progress" must be found and the basic part is 
the interesting of the Companions. The officers have been 
regular visitors at the sister Chapters, but the small attend- 
ance of the Companions of the Chapters presents opportuni- 
ties for service. 

Thanks of the Companions of both Districts are extended 
to Ex. Comp. John Day for his untiring efforts as Chairman 
of the Royal Arch Welfare Committee. The regular trips 
were made by the Companions last summer to Bronte and 
Jackson's Point assisting in the transportation of the under- 
privileged Children and their mothers. 


The many courtesies that have been my privilege to enjoy 
at the hands of the individual Companions, Officers and Chapi- 
ters will long be remembered and cherished. The P.Z.'s have 
given me every assistance. I hope that I may be privileged 
to assist the Chapters at every opportunity and especially 
my successor in office. 


R. Ex. Comp. Mortimer Louis Levy, Toronto, Ont., 
Grand Superintendent 

The honour bestowed on me at Niagara Falls on my 
appointment to the office of Grand Superintendent of this 
District is appreciated, and I have put my best foot forward 
in an endeavour to strengthen each link in the chain of Chap- 
ters contacted, to inspire them, as I have in turn been in- 
spired by them, with the fundamental principles of Royal 
Arch Masonry. The splendid leadership we have enjoyed 
from the Grand Council and the strength and enthusiasm 
that they have imparted is invaluable to our organization 
and should assist and promote the well-being- of every Chap- 
ter under its influence. 

The following inspections were made: 

No. 235— Aurora Chapter, May 15th. 

No. 233— Oakwood Chapter, May 21st. 

No. 77— -Occident Chapter, Oct. 9th. 

No. 138— Shekinah Chapter, Oct. 13th. 

No. 230— Port Credit Chapter, Oct. 15th. 

No. 246— Humber Chapter, Oct. 16th. 

No. 185— Toronto Chapter, Oct. 19th. 

No. 220— Lebanon Chapter, Oct. 21st. 

No. 91— Antiquity Chapter, Oct. 27th. 

No. 215 — Mimico Chapter, Nov. 4th. 

No. 219— Ulster Chapter, Nov. 10th. 

No. 231— St. Clair Chapter, Nov. 12th. 

No. 232— King Cyrus Chapter, Nov. 17th. 

No. 195— Peel Chapter, Dec. 1st. 
My inspection reports and the annual returns show that 
we are just beginning to climb out of a slump, which may 
be caused in part by unpaid dues and also the apparent in- 
difference in some of the Chapters. The new system of 
instruction and committee membership in each Chapter 
should kindle , enthuse, and strengthen the spirit of Masonry. 
It should lay a foundation that will hold the super struc- 


ture we desire and have planned for; perfect in its parts and 
decidedly honourable to the builder. That is to say that the 
physical control of each Chapter will interest each and every 
Companion, that this interest will be utilized through his 
activity on a committee. The committees will enliven the 
Chapter, the attendance will increase, the officers will be in- 
spired and enthusiasm in the Chapter will be contagious, pass- 
ing from one to the other. Thus, through visitation and 
friendly rivalry, capitular masonry will reach the heights and 
proper plane it deserves. 

It gives me great pleasure to report on the Royal Arch 
Welfare Association and its committees. Through its splen- 
did work, the usual trips were taken, even though gasoline 
is rationed and tires impossible to replace, and mothers and 
babes who badly needed trips to the country were transported 
free of charge, baggage and all, to Bronte and return, and 
to Jackson Point and return. Each Chapter in the two Tor- 
onto districts carried out its quota and special mention should 
be made to Ex. Comp. Jack Day, the chairman, for his work. 

King Cyrus Chapter celebrated its 21st birthday in Octo- 
ber and all of their Past Principals were there but one, his 
absence due to illness. Their turnout at the altar was in- 
deed inspiring. 

In November, I was privileged to attend the " Grand Chap- 
ter Night" of the St. Patrick's Chapter. A splendid attend- 
ance manifested itself and the evening showed the leadership 
and proper use of Committees and Companions to make the 
work of a Chapter a real success. 

In February, Mt. Sinai Chapter (my own mother Chap- 
ter) rejoiced on its 25th anniversary, and the visit of the 
Grand Council — Most Ex. Comp. Llewellyn F. Stephens, R. 
Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, and R. Ex. Comp. Andrew H. 
Monteith, the Grand E,, Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, 
the Grand Treasurer, Most Ex. Comp. Walter G. Price, with 
many others present, and past Grand Chapter Officers* — made 
this a red letter night in the life of the Chapter. The in- 
spiring address of the Grand First Principal left a lasting 
impression on the Companions. 

May I remark on the fine co-operation received by me from 
the Grand Superintendent of District No. 8. W r e exchanged 
inspections of our own Chapters, and visited several Chapters 
of each other's District when it was impossible for the other 
to be present. In this manner all installation ceremonies had 
present a representative of the Grand First Principal. 


Several meetings of instruction were held for the benefit 
of the Principals in my District, but the outstanding- meet- 
ing was held under the auspices of the Principals' Associa- 
tion. It was jointly held for both Toronto districts, and the 
two Grand Superintendents were most capably assisted by 
R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, and R. Ex. Comp. William 
S. M. Enouy, and thorough grounding was given in the way 
to use Companions on committees and their value to the 
activities of each Chapter and Royal Arch Masonry as a 

Every Chapter in the district was inspected, and I am 
satisfied that the possibilities in every instance are good for 
the welfare of Royal Arch Masons. 

My recommendations are simple ones, yet easily carried 
out : — 

(a) The retiring Grand Superintendent should be ap- 
pointed an advisor to the newly-appointed Grand Superin- 
tendent and they, together with their secretaries, should go 
over the reports of each and every Chapter, discuss their 
strength and their weakness, and what suggestions there may 
be for improving the weakness. 

(b) Discuss with him also his duties and how they can 
be mastered. 

(c) Discuss the need of early reports and their value. 

(d) The value of uniform bookkeeping for all Chapters ! 
I want to thank the Past Grand Superintendents, who 

assisted me materially with their advice and attendance with 
me at many inspections, in the persons of R. Ex. Comp. James 
Woodland, R. Ex. Comp. Howard Carr, R. Ex. Comp. Leonard 
Maude, and R. Ex. Comp. Ken Carrie. 


R. Ex. Comp. Herbert James Lougheed, Barrie, Out., 

Grand Superintendent 

Before submitting my report on Capitular Masonry in 
this District, I pause and observe a minute in silent prayer 
in respect to the memory of the Late John Morgan Empey, 
Grand First Principal, Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada. 

The death of Most. Ex. Comp. J. M. Empey was indeed a 
severe shock, and the Companions of Georgian District were 
deeply grieved. 

I wish to express my appreciation of the honour con- 
ferred on me by the District in selecting me to the office of 


Grand Superintendent and to the late Most Ex. Comp. J. M. 
Empey for his confirmation of same. 

My first act was to appoint Ex. Comp. L. J. Laver, District 
Secretary and Ex. Comp. H. L. Jones, Chaplain — members of 
Signet Chapter, No. 34, and I wish at this time to state that 
the duties which were allotted to them were performed in a 
very satisfactory and efficient manner. 

On May 19th, 1942, a District meeting was held in Barrie 
for the purpose of reviewing the Instruction Programme in- 
augurated by Grand Chapter at Niagara Falls. While the 
attendance was not large, I was indeed pleased with the in- 
terest and enthusiasm shown. 

Following is a list of all Chapters in the District, with 
dates on which they were visited: — 

June 16th, 1942 — Georgian Chapter, No. 56, Owen Sound, Ont. 
Oct. 27th, 1842^Amabel Chapter, No. 131, Wiarton, Ont. 
Nov. 13th, 1942— Couchiching Chapter, No. 198, Orillia, Ont. 
Feb. 19th, 1943— Kichikewana Chapter, No. 167, Mildand, 

Feb. 24th, 1943— Manitou Chapter, No. 27, Collingwood, Ont. 
Mar. 9th, 1943— Signet Chapter, No. 34, Barrie, Ont. 

The warmth and cordiality of the reception extended was 
most gratifying, demonstrating in a marked manner the 
loyalty and respect of the Companions to those who are en- 
trusted with responsibility in the Royal Craft. 

My detailed report of the Inspection of each Chapter has 
been forwarded to the Grand Scribe E. and to the First Prin- 
cipal of each Chapter, so I shall content myself with mak- 
ing passing comment. 

On most of my visits degrees were conferred on one or 
more candidates and without exception the Ritualistic work 
presented was of a very high character. 

The Secretarial work is in good hands and all books of the 
Scribes E. are in good condition. All the Chapters in thet 
District have been fighting an up-hill fight for the last few 
years and it now appears that their efforts will be rewarded; 
applications are becoming more numerous, general interest 
seems to be improving and I am looking forward to better 
times ahead. 

In conclusion, may I again thank the officers and Com- 
panions of the District for their loyal support and co-opera- 
tion during my term of office; to the members of Signet 
Chapter, who were always ready to accompany me and par- 
ticularly may I mention, R. Ex. Comp. R. D. Keef e and Comp. 
S. Foley, who assisted as guest speakers. 



R. Ex. Comp. James 0. Benor, Campbellford, Ont., 
Grand Superintendent 

I offer my sincere thanks to the Principals and Past 
Principals of the District for the honour they conferred upon 
me. An election by acclamation, such as this is bound to 
make anyone feel that his District is solidly behind him, and 
so it has been proven in Ontario District this year. 

There were a few Chapters badly handicapped through 
some of their officers having offered their services to their 
Country in its time of trial. Let us hope that those, together 
with all Companions of the Royal Craft, may soon be able to 
return and convocate with their Companions. 

My first act was that of appointing Ex. Comp. Henry T. 
Scott of Ionic Chapter, No. 168, of Campbellford, as District 
Secretary. I am satisfied that Ontario District never had one 
who was more efficient and ready to work. It was never too 
much trouble for him to immediately do anything asked of 
him. He also attended all my inspection visits and performed 
his duties in a most satisfactory manner, for which I express 
my sincere thanks. 

I visited Chapters in the District as follows : — 
June 12th — Keystone Chapter, No. 35, Whitby, Ont. 
June 15th — Palestine Chapter, No. 249, Bowmanville, Ont. 
June 17th — King Darius Chapter, No. 134, Cannington, Ont, 
June 18th — Midland Chapter, No. 94, Lindsay, Ont. 
Sept. 25th — Corinthian Chapter, No. 36, Peterboro, Ont. 
Oct. 9th — Victoria Chapter, No. 37, Port Hope, Ont. 
Oct. 19th— Warkworth Chapter, No. 110, Warkworth, Ont. 
Oct. 27th— St. Johns Chapter, No. 48, Cobourg, Ont. 
Nov. 3rd — Pentalpha Chapter, No. 28, Oshawa, Ont. 
Dec. 4th — Excelsior Chapter, No. 45, Colborne, Ont. 
Dec. 21st — Ionic Chapter, No. 168, Campbellford, Ont. 

On every occasion I was received with Grand Honours and 
the warmth and sincerity of my reception left nothing to be 

Ritualistic work presented was invariably of a high 

All Chapters in the district conferred a degree for my 
inspection visit, and it is gratifying to note an increase in 
the number of candidates in the smaller Chapters. 

It is quite noticeable that a Chapter that is well organized 


with Committees is making good progress; therefore, I have 
strongly recommended this work in every Chapter. 

I wish to thank Corinthian Chapter, Peterborough, for 
their many acts of kindness and assistance during my term 
of office; especially for having the District Meeting in their 

In closing, may I again thank the Companions- of Ontario 
District, No. 10, for the pleasant memories which surround 
the evenings we have spent together. I have enjoyed the 
work; enjoyed your Companship, and I hope the same kind- 
ness be attended my successor in office. My association with 
the many Companions who accompanied me on these visits 
and gave their whole-hearted support will long remain a 
cherished memory. 


R. Ex. Comp. John W. Kinnear, Belleville, Ont., 
Grand Superintendent 

I am pleased to report that Capitular Masonry held its 
own during the year 1942 in Prince Edward District. 

The number of Initiations were 21, Restoration, 2, a total 
of 23 and the Deaths were 10, suspensions, 10 and with- 
drawals 3, a total of 23, and all Chapters report substantial 
surplus of assets over liabilities. 

It would seem that the dues outstanding are too great in 
proportion to the membership in some Chapters. 

Interest is lost through delays, not only in opening late 
but also in prolonging the business of the Chapter. In my 
opinion the work should be so planned so that the work in 
the Chapter room would be over by 10.00 p.m. 

Considering the troublous times we are experiencing, we 
may consider ourselves fortunate. 

Masonry ought to prosper after this war is over. 

I wish to thank R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden for his 
personal attendance and visit to Belleville for the purpose of 
Instruction to me and my District, as I unavoidably was ab- 
sent at Niagara Falls last April. 

During the year I accompanied Most Ex. Comp. Wm. Y. 
Mills, Past Grand Z. and Most. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, 
Grand Scribe E., upon their visitations in this District to 
Dedicate the Chapter Rooms at Madoc and Picton. Madoc 
Chapter, No. 161, Madoc, Ont., recently having taken over 
new quarters replacing those lost by fire and Prince Edward 


Chapter No. 31, Picton, Ont., one without record of Dedica- 
tion, and without doubt one of the finest in the Prov- 
ince. A good attendance was at these gatherings and great 
enthusiam shown. 


R. Ex. Comp. A. E. Seamark, Brockville, Ont., 
Grand Superintendent 

I desire to submit herewith, for your consideration, my 
report on the condition of Capitular Masonry in the St. 
Lawrence District No. 12. Before doing so, however, I wish 
to express my sincere thanks to the Past Principals Associa- 
tion for this District, who selected me for the office of Grand 
Superintendent and to the Most Excellent the Grand Z. for 
his conformation. 

My first duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. C. H. Baker, 
District Secretary. I am very much indebted to him for his 
very valuable assistance; especially during the time of my 
unfortunate accident of fracturing my hip, which laid me 
on my back for four months. 

As instructed by Grand Chapter after being installed, I 
called a Principals' meeting at Morrisburg on May 29th, and 
also at Gananoque on June 4th. Both these meetings were 
well attended by the Principals and Past Principals of the 
Chapters in the District. A very instructive evening was 
spent at both places. There was some discussion as to the 
number of committees each Chapter should appoint as some 
of the smaller Chapters felt that their attendance did not 
warrant too many committees. However, the objective of 
getting as many of the Companions active on some Commit- 
tee was readily seen. 

I believe if this idea is followed up by the incoming Grand 
Superintendent a great deal of good will result from it. 

My first inspection visit was made to my own Chapter 
on May 13th. I was introduced by R. Ex. Comp. McLean and 
accorded Grand Honours. It was very gratifying to see so 
many Past Principals out to receive me. The Royal Arch 
degree was conferred in a very commendable manner. 

The prospects of Sussex-St. Lawrence Chapter, No. 59, are 
very bright and all good things expected of the amalgamar 
tion have indeed been fulfilled. There were 8 candidates for 
1942 and at the present time there are already 8 applications 
with a good field for increasing the number. 


My visit to Grenville Chapter, No. 22, Prescott, on the 
evening" of June 9th, afforded me considerable pleasure. There 
has always been a great fraternal spirit between old Sussex 
Chapter, No. 59, and the Grenville Chapter, No. 22. This 
was amply displayed in the fact that Sussex-St. Lawrence, 
No. 59, officers assisted by V. Ex. Comp. Cousens conferred 
the M.E.M. Degree. A very enjoyable evening was spent 
by all, a feature being the presentation of a Honourary Life 
Membership to V. Ex. Comp. H. Cousens by the R. Ex. Comp. 
W. Root. 

It was with considerable pleasure that I made my Visit 
to St. John's Chapter, No. 112, Morrisburg, on the evening 
of Oct. 16th. I was royally introduced by R. Ex. Comp. W. C. 
Davey. The Royal Arch Degree was conferred in a very 
creditable manner. The first Principal, Ex. Comp. D. J. Dilla- 
bough was very efficient carrying through the whole degree 
even to the Mystical Lecture. I found all records and books 
in splendid shape and St. John's Chapter has a very bright 
prospect ahead. 

My inspection visit to Covenant Chaper, No. 113, Corn- 
wall, on the evening of Nov. 18th, was indeed a great pleasure 
to me. Ex. Comp. A. Mitchell introduced me and I was ac- 
corded Grand Honours. The M.M.M. Degree was exemplified 
and the work was all that could be desired. The officers of 
this Chapter were very enthusiastic and Covenant Chapter 
has a future. 

On the evening of Nov. 20th, I made my visit to Ancient 
Frontenac and Cataraqui Chapter, No. 1, Kingston. There 
was a splendid gathering of the Companions. M. Ex. Comp. 
W. Y. Mills introduced me in his own charming manner. 
The M.E.M. Degree was conferred, the work of M. Ex. Comp. 
W. Y. Mills, and Ex. Comp. J. A. Birchenough being of a very 
high calibre. There were quite a few Service men in attend- 
ance. Notable, was one who has received his Royal Arch 
Degree in Alexandria, Egypt. 

I am very sorry to report that I have not visited Leeds 
Chapter, No. 132, Gananoque. I had arranged this for the 
first Thursday in November and had agreed to take the 
Officers of Sussex-St. Lawrence Chapter with a candidate and 
confer the M.E.M. Degree. Unfortunately at the last minute 
I was notified that it was impossible to convene a meeting. I 
had had great hope from this meeting as there are still good 
Companions in Leeds Chapter. 

It is with great regret that I have to report that I have 


not visited Maitland Chapter, No. 68, jSethel. Owing to my 
accident last year which somewhat curtailed my activities 
last fall, I had left this visit until the first of this year. Un- 
fortunately I received word from the Scribe E, R. Ex. Comp. 
R. Cavanagh that the side roads are all blocked. Telephones 
are still out of commission and that it would be impossible 
to hold a convocation for some time. 

In closing I would like to express my sincere appreciation 
to every Companion in the District for the kindness and 
courtesy extended to me at all times. I firmly believe that 
the whole success of our Chapters is in the efficiency of its 


R. Ex. Comp. M. L. Perry, Smiths Falls, Ont., 
Grand Superintendent 

In presenting my report on the condition of Capitular 
Masonry for Ottawa District, No. 13, I wish first to express 
my appreciation to the Companions of this District for the 
honour conferred upon me by selecting me as Grand Superin- 
tendent and my sincere thanks to the Most Excellent the 
Grand Z. for his confirmation. I would like also to express 
my appreciation to the Companions of St. Frances Chapter, 
my home Chapter, for their loyal support, their personal 
sacrifice of time and the use of their cars, when gas is being- 
rationed so strictly, to accompany me on my visits. 

This has been a very enjoyable year for me, renewing old 
friendships and making new ones. The interest in Capitular 
Masonry is improving, and a decided increase in attendance 
is noticed in most of the Chapters of the District, also new 
members are coming in. The financial outlook is brighter. 

The following is a list of my inspection Visits: 

St. John's Chapter, No. 148, Vankleek Hill, Out,, May 1st 

Maple Chapter, No. 116, Carlton Place, Ont., May 6th. 

Glengarry Chapter, No. 142, Maxville, Ont., May 22nd. 

Kitchener Chapter, No. 210, Russel, Ont., June 5th. 

Granite Chapter, No. 61, Almonte, Ont., June 11th. 

Carleton Chapter, No. 16, Ottawa, Ont., Sept. 16th. 

Prince of Wales Chapter, No. 226, Perth, ont., Sept. 17th. 

Dochert Chapter, No. 248, Arnprior, Ont., Oct. 5th. 

Ottawa Chapter, No. 222, Ottawa, Ont., Nov. 16th. 

Bonnechere Chapter, No. 114, Renfrew, Ont., Oct. 19th. 

Laurentian Chapter, No. 151, Pembroke, Nov. 19th. 


St. Frances Chapter, No. 133, Smiths Falls, Ont., Nov. 

I was received with higti honours in all of the Chapters, 
and I was impressed with the thought, if fraternal love held 
all men bound, how beautiful this world would be. In addi- 
tion to the list of visits I have also visited several of the Chap- 
ters fraternally. It was my privilege, when visiting Maple 
Chapter, to invest V. Ex. Comp. M. V. Rogers, as Assistant 
Grand Director of Ceremonies. In most of the Chapters the 
three degrees were exemplified and this ritualistic work was 
of a high order. In the Chapters where degree work was 
not carried out, meetings of instruction were given, following 
the plan laid down by Grand Chapter, and this should boost 
Royal Arch Masonry in general. That Every Companion 
may become an important factor in his own Chapter has been 
the uppermost desire of my heart, and if this could be ac- 
complished in the not too distant future, Royal Arch Masonry 
would take, in an indirect way and through personal chan- 
nels aid greatly in the reconstruction of world affairs, and we 
would feel that we have not laboured in vain and spent our 
time for nought. 


R. Ex. Comp. R. Routley, Port Arthur, Ont., 

Grand Superintendent 

In presenting this report, I take the opportunity of thank- 
ing the Companions of the Algoma District for selecting me 
to this honourable and important office. Also to the Most 
Excellent Grand First Principal for confirming that selection. 

The appointing of Ex. Comp. S. H. Green as District Sec- 
retary received first attention. He has been most attentive 
and thorough in his duties, the interest he has taken has been 
most inspiring. 

The high light of my term of office, was the visit of the 
Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, L. F. Stephens, 
accompanied by the Grand Scribe E., Most Ex. Comp. Edwin 
Smith. This stands out as the most inspiring and enjoyable 
of the year's experience. I accompanied the Most Excellent 
Companions to Golden Chapter, No. 90, on Sept. 7th, 1942, 
at Kenora, on Sept. 8th, a joint meeting of Alberton Chapter, 
No. 152, Fort Frances and Atwood Chapter, No. 149, Rainy 
River. On this visit the Most Ex. Comp. L. F. Stephens, 
Dedicated- the Chapter Rooms at Fort Frances. On Sept. 
10th, a joint meeting was held in Port Arthur, of Shuniah 


Chapter, No. 82, and Fort William Chapter, No. 140, Fort 
William, when the Most Excellent the Grand Z. gave an ad- 
dress which shall never be forgotten. 

My inspection visits are as follows: 

Alberton Chapter, No. 152, Fort Frances, Ont. On Nov- 
vember 10th, I visited this Chapter and received a very warm 
welcome from Ex. Comp. H. G. Mann and the Companions. 
No degrees were conferred at this Convocation. The Scribe 
E. Comp. J. R. Angus is most efficient and his books are in 
perfect order. 

Atwood Chapter, No. 149, Rainy River, Ont. On Novem- 
ber 11th, I made my visit and received a cordial welcome 
from Ex. Comp. J. S. Kearney, the First Principal. I in- 
spected the books of the Scribe E. and found them very neatly 
kept. The officers of this Chapter deserve a great deal of 
credit and are doing their utmost to make their Chapter a 

Golden Chapter, No. 90, Kenora, Ont. At my visit to 
Golden Chapter on November 25th, I was cordially welcomed 
and properly received and was introduced by R. Ex. Comp. 
Schnarr and R. Ex. Comp. H. S. Galloway to the First Prin- 
cipal, Ex. Comp. C. Quinton. I found the books neatly kept. 

Fort William Chapter, No. 140, Fort William, Ont. I made 
my visit to this Chapter on Nov. 6th, and was introduced to 
the First Principal, Ex. Comp. L. Rapley, by R. Ex. Comp. 
C. E. Watkins and R. Ex. Comp. Geo. Grant. There was no 
degree work at this Convention, but I had the privilege of 
seeing all degrees conferred at an emergent meeting. In all 
cases the Officers were proficient in the Ritualistic Work and 
the degrees were conferred in an impressive manner. The 
books and records of this Chapter are kept neat and up to 
date by their Scribe E., R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Coles, and the 
Chapter is to be congratulated on having such an efficient 

Shuniah Chapter, No. 82, Port Arthur, Ont. I made my 
visit to this Chapter on November 18th, and was introduced 
by V. Ex. Comp. R. Addison and V. Ex. Comp. Stanworth and 
received by Ex. Comp. J. Parsons. While there was no de- 
gree work at this Convocation, I have had the opportunity of 
seeing the work put on, as this is my own Chapter. On 
January 20th, I had the very great pleasure of installing the 
Officers of this Chapter and in this I was ably assisted by the 
Past Principals, to whom I am greatly indebted for their 
valuable assistance. 


In Closing may I express my appreciation to all the Excel- 
lent Principals and Companions of the Algoma District, for 
having seen fit to elect me to this high office. I thank them 
for their assistance and co-operation. I have met many whose 
friendship I shall cherish forever; and I hope the same kind- 
ness will be extended to my successor. 


R. Ex. Comp. Thomas E. Cribb, North Bay, Ont, 
Grand Superintendent 

I would like to thank the Excellent Companions of this 
District for the honour conferred in their unanimous selec- 
tion and also the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal 
for his approval of their selection. My tenure of office has 
proved very interesting and enjoyable, my reception by the 
Chapters was most cordial and hospitable and my experiences 
will be registered in my "book of memories" for many years 
to come. 

I, like all the other Grand Superintendents, came away 
from the Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter, after my 
appointment, with all kinds of plans and ideas but on review- 
ing my year in office, I realize with the immortal bard, Bobbie 
Burns, "the best laid plans of mice and men gang aft 
aglee". — you know the rest. 

I had the privilege and pleasure of accompanying the 
Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Most Ex. Comp. 
L. F. Stephens, on his fraternal visit to Tuscan Chaper, No. 
95, at Sudbury on November 5th and Algonquin Chapter, 
No. 102, at Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., on November 6th — an 
experience I shall never forget for all who know our Most 
Excellent Companion realize the fund of Masonic knowledge 
and information he has to impart to anyone desiring it. 

Algonquin Chapter, No. 103, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. They 
have had a wonderful year — eight candidates — and the offi- 
cers and members of this Chapter are to be congratulated on 
the work accomplished for we know that eight candidates 
means plenty of work and the fraternal spirit greatly en- 

Tuscan Chapter, No. 95, Sudbury, Ont. The same report 
could well be said of this chapter. They had candidates, good 
ritualistic work and the social hour and as it has been my 
pleasure to visit them at different times in an official capacity, 
I have had an excellent opportunity to pass judgment on the 


ability of its officers. They are quite hopeful for the future. 

St. John's Chapter, No. 103, North Bay, Out. This is my 
native Chapter and although no candidates materialized dur- 
ing the year 1942, yet the fraternal and social spirit that 
exists among the members is of a high order and it has be^ 
come recognized in the Masonic Fraternity as exemplifying 
the real ' 'House of Friendship". For the year 1943 they 
already have two candidates, have given the Mark Masons 
Degree to one of them, have prospects for some more and 
are making plans, practically for the entire year so their 
prospects are indeed bright. 

My visit to them was at an especially called emergent 
meeting on December 8th and one and all seemd to vie 
with each other in making my visit a memorable one. At 
this season of the year it had been the custom of one or two 
of the members to provide a "duck" dinner for the Compan- 
ions, but this year there was a scarcity of "Shells" so this 
time they compromised with "venison". I was introduced by 
the D. of C. R. Ex. Comp. E. L. Moore and an escort com- 
posed of R. Ex. Comps. H. J. McAuslan, B. F. Nott, Jas. Milli- 
gan and V. Ex. Comp. Adam Torrance. And may I make pleas- 
ing reference to V. Ex. Comp. Torrance. He is a grand old 
man, over eighty, and a true Mason — an inspiration to all of 
us who are blessed with his handshake, cheerful greeting and 
happy smile. The Mark Master Mason Degree was exempli- 
fied with due impressiveness and dignity. 

On January 7th, 1943, it Was a source of pride to myself 
to have the pleasure of installing and investing the officers 
of my own Chapter, St. John's, No. 103, North Bay, Out., 
and I was ably assisted in the ceremony by Grand Chapter 
Officers, many of whom are favourably known throughout the 
North Country for their efforts on behalf of Capitular and 
other branches of Masonry in the persons of R. Ex. Comps. 
H. J. McAuslan, B. F. Nott, E. L. Moore, Jas. Milligan, V. Ex. 
Comp. Stewart, Ex. Comps, E. A. Rutledge, B. Branson and 
E. A. Tilley. 

This District being short in number of Chapters but long 
in distances travelled between cities and because of curtail- 
ment of transportation, we have not had the inter-fraternal 
visits we had become accustomed to, but better days are in 
store and we trust it will soon be possible to have that inter- 
change which we have all enjoyed. 

Again, I say I have thoroughly enjoyed my visits to the 
Chapters in my District, and in closing let me extend thanks 


to all who have made my year a pleasant one, renewing" old 
friendships and making new ones and R. Ex. Comp. B. F. 
Nott for his counsel and advice with whom I consulted on 
many an occasion. 


R. Ex. Comp. J. Goodman, Timmins, Ont., 
Grand Superintendent 

May I first express my appreciation to the Chapters of the 
District for selecting me to represent the Most Excellent the 
Grand Z. and to him for confirming their selection. 

My first duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. John Beattie, 
Secretary, and I wish to extend to him my sincere thanks 
for his valuable assistance. I have endeavoured to pass on 
to the Chapters of this District, the instruction given to 
Grand Superintendents by the Educational Committee, and if 
the results do not appear to be great, I trust I have been able 
to lay the foundation for increased activity in Royal Arch 
Masonry in the future. 

Kirkland Lake Chapter, No. 251, Kirkland Lake, Ont. I 
visited this Chapter on June 10th. I was introduced by R. 
Ex. Comp. Hayden Rood and welcomed in a most cordial 
manner by Ex. Comp. R. Mallard. During the past year a 
large number of the regular officers of this Chapter have left 
for the armed forces. 

Cobalt Chapter, No. 203, Cobalt, Ont. On the evening of 
June 17th, I made my visit to this chapter. I was introduced 
by R. Ex. Comp. F. H. Todd and welcomed by Ex. Comp. J. 
Munro. While the Chapter is small, a true spirit* of compan- 
ionship prevails. I also had the pleasure of presenting R. Ex. 
Comp. F. H. Todd with his 25-year Past Z.'s jewel. 

Abitibi Chapter, No. 223, Iroquois Falls, Ont. I visited 
tliis Chapter on June 26th accompanied by several Compan- 
ions from Northern Lights Chapter. I was introduced by 
R. Ex. Comp. Geo. L. Cameron and welcomed by Ex. Comp. 
R. Armstrong. As usual when visiting Abitibi Chapter we 
had a very enjoyable evening. I visited this Chapter again 
on January 22nd, and assisted by several Past Z.'s installed 
the officers for 1943. 

Temiskaming Chapter, No. 169, New Liskeard, Ont. Ac- 
companied by three Companions of Northern Lights Chapter 
I visited this Chapter on Sept. 2nd. I was introduced by V. 
Ex. Comp. J. Penman and welcomed by Ex. Comp. G. E. Mc- 


Kelvie. The Chapter intended conferring the M.M.M. Degree 
but due to the unavoidable absence of the candidate, the degree 
work was deferred. 

On Oct. 21st, a joint meeting with Kirkland, Cobalt,and 
Temiskaming Chapters was arranged to welcome the Grand 
First Principal, Most Ex. Comp. Llewellyn F. Stephens. A 
Master Masons' night was held and in the banquet hall an 
eloquent address on Masonry was given by our Grand First 
Principal. I was unable to attend the meeting but from reports 
it was a very successful meeting. 

Northern Lights Chapter, No. 213, Timmins, Ont. I made 
my Inspection visit to my Mother Chapter on Sept. 21st. I 
was introduced by Ex. Comp. J. Beattie and officially welcomed 
by Ex. Comp. J. Whaley, who officiated for Ex. Comp. C. E. 
Irvine, who is now serving in the Navy. The H.R.A. Degree 
was conferred on four candidates in a very creditable man- 
ner. On Jan. 15th, with the assistance of several of our Past 
Z.'s, I installed the officers for 1943. 

On Oct. 22nd a joint meeting with Abitibi and Northern 
Lights Chapters was held to welcome Most Ex. Comp. 
Llewellyn F. Stephens. A Master Masons' Night held in the 
banquet hall to hear an address on Masonry by our Grand 
First Principal was largely attended. This address will long 
be remembered by th© Masons in this District. 

In closing, I would like to express my sincere appreciation 
to every Companion of the District for the kindness, courtesy 
and attention afforded me at all times, and to my successor in 
office, my good wishes, co-operation and support are awaiting 


R .Ex. Comp. Fred Clarke, Dawson, Y.T., 

Grand Superintendent 

I wish to express my appreciation for the honour conferred 
on me by the Companions of Klondike Chapter, No. 154, in 
selecting me for the office of Grand Superintendent and to the 
Most Excellent the Grand First Principal for confirming the 

The year 1942 was not very bright for this Chapter. War 
conditions have seriously effected this northern part of the 
Yukon and consequently there has been a steady outgoing of 
men to the southern end of the Territory, for employment in 
the vast projects connected with the Alaska Highway. Many 


of the Companions have joined this migration and the pros- 
pects of candidates from Yukon Lodge, No. 45, A.F. & A.M. is 
effected by the same cause. 

Owing to the severity of the weather, which has been hit- 
ting the 50 below zero mark for some time now, Klondike 
Chapter was unable to hold its regular Election of Officers for 
1943. The Most Excellent, the Grand Z. was petitioned and 
was pleased to grant a dispensation for the Election to be held 
at the regular Convocation to be called on March 18th. 

Prospects at present appear to be dim, but we are looking 
ahead to the future when once again peace and good will rules 
the world and the Companions who are absent can return and 
take their accustomed places among us again. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. A. H. Monteith, and — 

Resolved, — That the reports of the Grand Superintendents of the 
Distracts be referred to the Committee on Condition of Capitular 
Masonry, to report later at this Convocation. 


R. Wor. Bro. T. C. Wardley, Deputy Grand Master. 

R. Wor. Brother T. C. Wardley, Deputy Grand Master of 
the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario, con- 
veyed the greetings from the Most Worshipful the Grand 
Master, Companion John McRae, and explained his absence 
was on account of his very busy week and pressure of duties 
of his profession. 

"I hold in high esteem the Grand Chapter of Canada and 
to you I give my best wishes for continued prosperity. I hope 
that when I am not so> busy that I will be able to share the 
privilege of the Chapter that honoured me with membership. 

I am proud to be a member of the Masonic Order in 
Ontario'. It makes one hold his head high to see the response 
made by our members to those in distress in the Old Land, 
and then those who have given their services to forces 
in the Land, Sea and Air, yes, and a high percentage of these 
who have offered and given their all these trying days. 

Masonry has been compared to a tree whose roots have 
spread throughout the world. It is necessary at times for a 
tree to be pruned, but then the sap runs into branches, that 
you may enjoy the shade of its branches. 

And then my Loyalty and Devotion to Craft Masonry, 
thus may I be permitted as the Representative of the Grand 
Master to extend the welcome to the Representatives of other 
Jurisdictions, also our visitors of the United States of 


Letters and telegrams conveying fraternal greetings and 
expressing regrets for non-attendance were received from: — 

Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Canada in the Province of 
Ontario — Most Worshipful Brother John A. McRae, Grand 

Grand Chapter of British Columbia — Ex. Comp. Capt. 
E. B. Baker. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Nova Scotia-^Most 
Ex. Comp. A. H. MacsMillan, Grand High Priest. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Saskatchewan — 
Most Ex. Comp. Francis B. Reilly, Grand Scribe E. 

The Sovereign Great Priory of Canada — Most. Em. Sir 
Knight John T. Boyd, Grand Master. 

General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the 
United States of America — Most Ex. Comp. Ray V. Denslow, 
General Grand High Priest. 


Most Excellent Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Con- 
necticut — Most Ex. Comp. Walter L. Taf t, Grand High Priest. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Delaware — Most Ex. 
Comp. Andrew J. Bock, Jr., Grand High Priest. 

Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Illinois — Most 
Ex. Comp. Edward E. Core, Grand Secretary. 

Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts — Most Ex. 
Comp. Basil M. Parsons, Grand High Priest. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of the State of North 
Dakota — Most Ex. Comp. Dr. 0. L. Kermott, Grand High 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of the State of South 
Dakota, — R. Ex. Comp. Elvin F. Swain, Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of West Virginia — Most 
Ex. Comp. G. M. Ford, Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of California — Most Ex. 
Comp. Angus L. Cavanagh, P.G.H.P., Grand Representative. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Nova Scotia — Most 
Ex. Comp. H. S. Theakston, Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of New York — R. 
Ex. Comp. John W. Baird. 

R. Ex. Comp. Wilfred J. Matthew, District Grand H. of 
Gibraltar and Past Assistant Grand Sojourner, Supreme Grand 
Chapter of England. 

St. Johns Chapter R.A.M., No. 3, G.R.C., and the Principals' 
Association of London, nominating London, Ontario, as the 
next place of meeting. 

All communication were received, and ordered to be 


Nominations were then called for by the Grand Z. for 
the elective officers of Grand Chapter. 

Election of Grand Superintendents 

Grand Chapter was called at 12.30 o'clock p.m. from 
labour, to enable the Districts to select their Grand Superin- 
tendents for the ensuing year. 

Wednesday, April 28th, 1943 


Grand Chapter "Called on" 2.15 o'clock p.m. and resumed 


March 1st, 1942, to February 28th, 1943. 

Received by Grand Scribe Amount paid — Cheques 

E. from Chapters on and Cash - $13,107.68 

account of Dues, Fees, Benevolent Grants 2,475.00 

etc _ $ 8,985.45 

Interest on Investments 

and Bank Balances .... 3,982.13 

Excess Disbursements 

over Receipts 2,615.10 

(see below "A") 

$15,582.68 $15,582.68 


Investments — March 1st, Redeemed — Ontario 

1942, at cost, per last Loan and Debenture... -$ 2,500.00 

accounts ..._ ~ $91,291.45 Investments— Feb. 28th, 

Purchases Nil 1943, at cost, per 

schedule 88,791.45 

$91,291.45 $91,291.45 


February 28th, 1943— Capital : — 

At Canadian Bank of Commerce: 

Current $ 1,333.43 

Savings 1,010.89 

Incidental Account — Cash on hand 2.02 

$ 2,346.34 

Investments - 88,791.45 


March 1st, 1942 — Capital: — , 

At Canadian Bank of Commerce: 

Current $ 415.47 

Savings 2,009.59 

Incidental Account — Cash on hand ... ., 36.38 

$ 2,461.44 

Investments - 91,291.45 


See above "A" „ $ 2,615.10 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 
J. C. Wilcox, Walter G. Price, 

Chartered Accountant. Grand Treasurer. 

Sharpe, IMilne & Co., Chartered Accountants. 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. Walter G. Price, and — 

Resolved, — That the Statement of the Grand Treasurer for the year 
1942 be received and adopted. 


I present the following report for your consideration and 
would suggest not only the careful examination of the receipts, 
special credits and balances but also the membership. Special 
Credits are the Per Capita Tax allowed by Grand Chapter to 
assist the Constituent Chapters in their remission of current 
dues on members who are attached to the Canadian Active 
Service Forces, Allied Forces or others who are receiving 
treatment in Mental Institutions, Homes for Incurables or 
Sanatoriums. This amounts to a total of $157.00. 

The outstanding balance this year is smaller and amounts 
to $1,899.95 debit and $5.50 credit. During the months of 
March and to April 15th, 1943, I have received $1,194.65 of 
the outstanding balance, a most creditable amount. 

Membership : The membership figures are gratifying and 
the small centres deserve great credit for the encouraging 
statement which will be found, in this report and the great 
reduction in our loss. 

Registration in 1941.. 316 in 1942 412 

Joinings 100 48 

Restorations 49 23 

465 483 

Withdrawals 257 .. .. 184 

Deaths 359 344 

Suspensions 332 189 

—948 717 

Loss 483 234 

Our membership on January 1st, 1930, was 26,141, as com- 
pared with that on December 31st, 1942, 15,900, shows a loss 
of 10,241. We have 3,868 commuted members, which leaves 
12,032 on which the per capita tax is collectable. 

Chapters exalting more than five during the year : — 

No. 2. The Hiram, Hamilton, Ontario 6 

No. 7. The Moira, Belleville, Ont 9 

No. 8. King Solomon, Toronto, Ont 6 


No. 20. Mount Horeb, Brantford, Ont. 26 

No. 27. Manitou, Collingwood, Ont. 6 

No. 28. Pentalpha, Oshawa, Ont 8 

No. 29. MoCallum, Dunnville, Ont 11 

No. 36. Corinthian, Peterboro, Ont. ~ 9 

No. 47. Wellington, Chatham, Ont _....„ 6 

No. 54. Palestine, St. Thomas, Ont 6 

No. 59. Sussex-St. Lawrence, Brockville, Ont. 8 

No, 64. Willson, Welland, Ont 6 

No. 84. Ark, Windsor, Ont _ 11 

No. 81. Aylmer, Aylmer, Ont 12 

No. 82. Shuniah, Port Arthur, Ont 6 

No. 102. Algonquin, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont 7 

No. 117. Kitchener, Kitchener, Ont 6 

No. 212. Mount Sinai, Toronto, Ont _ 7 

No. 213. Northern Lights, Timmins, Ont 6 

No. 250. Thomas Peters, Windsor, Ont 8 

No. 252. Hiawatha, Sarnia, Ont 14 

In our loss of 234, twelve Chapters were responsible for 
187, and of the 187, 79 were by death. 

One Chapter lost 28; one, 23; one, 21; one, 19; one, 18; 
one, 13; two, 12; one, 11; and three, 10. 

Dedications: During the year three Chapter Rooms were 
Dedicated : — 

Alberton, No. 152, at Port Frances, Ont., on September 
8th, 1942. 

Madoc, No. 161, at Madoc, Ont., on October 14th, 1942, and 

Prince Edward, No. 31, at Picton, Ont., on October 15th, 

Most Ex. Comp. L. F. Stephens took charge of the Dedi- 
cation at Fort Frances, and he requested Most Ex. Comp. 
Wm. Y. Mills to take charge of Madoc and Picton. 

I find that there is no record of the Dedication of the fol- 
lowing Chapter Rooms: — 

MacNabb Chapter, No. 88, Dresden, Ont., District No. 1. 

Mount Horeb Chapter, No. 20, Brantford, Ont., District 
No. 3. 

St. Clair Chapter, No. 75, Milton, Ont., District No. 5. 

Elliott Chapter, No. 129, Mitchell, Ont., District No. 6. 

Orient Chapter, No. 79, Toronto, Ont., District No. 8. 

The Beaches Chapter, No. 163, Toronto, Ont., District No. 8. 


Peel Chapter, No. 195, Brampton, Out., District No. 8A. 

Corinthian Chapter, No. 36, Peterboro, Ont., District No.10. 

Victoria Chapter, No. 37, Port Hope, Ont., District No. 10. 

Excelsior Chapter, No. 45, Colborne, Ont., District No. 10. 

St. Johns Chapter, No. 48, Cobourg, Ont., District No. 10. 

Midland Chapter, No. 94, Lindsay, Ont., District No. 10. 

Warkworth Chapter, No. 110, Warkworth, Ont., District 
No. 10. 

King Darius Chapter, No. 134, Cannington, Ont., District 
No. 10. 

Keystone Chapter, No. 72, Stirling, Ont, District No. 11. 

Presqu'He Chapter, No. 144, Brighton, Ont., District No. 11. 

Maitland Chapter, No. 68, North Augusta, Ont., District 
No. 12. 

St. John's Chapter, No. 112, Morrisburg, Ont., District 
No. 12. 

Covenant Chapter, No. 113, Cornwall, Ont., District No. 12. 

Granite Chapter, No. 61, Almonte, Ont., District No. 13. 

St. John's Chapter, No. 148, Vankleek Hill, Ont., District 
No. 13. 

Laurentian Chapter, No. 151, Pembroke, Ont., District 
No. 13. 

Prince of Wales Chapter, No. 226, Perth, Ont., District 
No. 13. 

Pembroke Chapter, No. 58, Mattawa, Ont., District No. 15. 

Chapter Returns: The Constituent Chapters close their 
books on December 31st, and should immediately complete 
their returns and forward them to Grand Chapter, but this 
year it was necessary to keep the cash book open until March 
10th and the ledger open until March 25th, 1943, when the 
last return came in. 

The Balances as of February 28th, 1943, are as follows: 


Receipts and Ledger Balances 

Year March 1st, 1942, to February 28th, 194)3. 

Special Debit Credit 
No. Name of Chapter Amount Credits Balance Balance 

1. Ancient Frontenac and 

Cataraqui -...-. $ 2.00 $ 154.00 _. 

2. The Hiram _ _ <$ 126.00 

3. St. John's, London 111.50 2.50 11.00 

4. St. Andrew and St. John .... 95.65 1.50 

5. St. George's 101.50 1.00 3.00 

6. St. John's, Hamilton 109.25 1.00 - 



No. Name of Chapter Amount 

7. The Moira 220.50 

8. King Solomon's 78.50 

15. Wawanosh 180.00 

16. Carleton 37.00 

18. Oxford 43,50 

19. Mount Moriah 141.90 

20. Mount Horeb 107.50 

22. Grenville 38.00 

23. Ezra 

24. Tecumseh 109.00 

26. St. Mark' s 66.90 

27. Manitou 54.00 

28. Pentalpha 94.40 

29. McCallum 89.80 

30. Huron 62.15 

31. Prince Edward 98.50 

32. Waterloo 51.50 

34. Signet 88.90 

35. Keystone 33.50 

36. Corinthian : 111.00 

37. Victoria ...: 31.00 

40. Guelph 60.50 

41. Harris 7.50 

44. Mount Sinai 62.60 

45. Excelsior 17.00 

46. St. James 31.50 

47. Wellington 76.00 

48. St. John's Cobourg 31.50 

53. Bruce 32.50 

54. Palestine 256.50 

55. Niagara 33.00 

56. Georgian 41.90 

57. King Hiram 54.90 

58. Pembroke 4.50 

59. Sussex^St. Lawrence 143.00 

61. Granite 22.00 

62. York 31.15 

63. Havelock 26.00 

64. Willson 81.00 

65. St. Pauls 55.65 

Q6. The Malloch 19.50 

67. Enterprise 49.75 

68. Maitland , 

69. Grimsby 49.00 

71. Prince of Wales 

72. Keystone 

73. Erie 49.00 

74. Beaver 36.50 

75. St. Clair 27.00 

76. Mount Nebo 37.50 

77. Occident 110.10 

78. Minnewawa 50.50 


Debit Credit 
Balance Balance 







































44.90 -.. 










No. Name of Chapter Amount 

79. Orient 57.50 

80. Ark 133.35 

81. Aylmer 92.00 

82. Shuniah 141.60 

83. Ionic 26.00 

84. Lebanon 27.00 

88. MacNabb 31.00 

90. Golden 77.00 

91. Antiquity 84.00 

94. Midland 42.50 

95. Tuscan 163.50 

102. Algonquin 134.50 

103. St. John's, North Bay 54.00 

104. White Oak 

110. Warkworth 31.00 

112. St. John's, Morrisburg 63,40 

113. Covenant 87.50 

114. Bonnechere 25.00 

115. Brant 65.50 

116. Maple 34.00 

117. Kitchener 105.50 

119. King Cyrus 71.00 

129. Elliott 31.00 

130. Chantry 41.30 

131. Amabel 73.50 

132. Leeds 29.50 

133. St. Francis 69.50 

134. King Darius 30.00 

135. Succoth 33.00 

138. Shekinah 118.00 

140. Fort William 8.50 

143. Glengary 13.50 

144.' Presqu'Ile 21.30 

145. The St. Patrick 227.00 

146. Bernard 54.00 

147. Lucknow 33.00 

148. St. John's, Vankleek Hill .... 24,50 
14®. Atwood 34.50 

150. London 85.80 

151. Laurentian 76.00 

152. Alberton 56.50 

153. iSombra 92.00 

154. Klondike 17.00 

155. Ancaster 32.00 

161. Madoc 51.50 

163. The Beaches 87.50 

164. Lome 2:1.00 

167. Kichikewana 187.90 

168. Ionic . ' 101.50 

169. Temiskaming 47.50 

175. The Hamilton 59.50 

184. Hugh Murray ~ 35.30 




Debit Credit 
Balance Balance 







































7.50 • 
















Name of Chapter 

The Toronto 






Mount Sinai 

Northern Lights 



St. Albans 

Prince Edward 





Abitibi a 



Prince of Wales 

Quinte Friendship 

Port Credit ... 

The St. Clair 

King Cyrus ....,.-.. 





The St. Andrew 




St. Paul's 

McKay „ 






Thomas Peter's 



Regal .....w 

Grand Chapter Alberta 

Grand Chapter B.C 

Grand Chapter Manitoba 

Grand Chapter Sask. „ - 

Grand Chapter Quebec ... 

Grand Chapter N. Brunswick. 

















$8,821.50 $157.00 



Debit Credit 

Balance Balance 


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$1,899.95 $5.50 


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No. Name of Chapter Amount Credits Balance Balance 

Grand Chapter N. Scotia 

Sundries ■ .15 

Interest ..... 3,982.13 

Matured Debenture _ 2,500.00 

$ 6,646.08 

$15,467.58 $157.00 $1,899.95 $5.50 


"Numerous enquiries have been made appertaining to the 
purchase of Regalia and Jewels, and upon investigation I find 
that 'Orders in Council' have prohibited the use of metal for 
the manufacturing of 'Pennies or Jewels of any nature.' Re- 
galia of all kinds is at present obtainable only to the extent 
of supplies on hand. Companions' Aprons with sashes will 
be available for about two years, after which Grand Chapter 
will modify the requirements for the duration." 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

Grand Scribe E. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, seconded 
b> M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, and — 

Resolved, — That the (Report of the Grand Scribe E. £or the year 
1942 be received and adopted. 



Grand Superintendents 
The nominations for Grand Superintendents were sub- 
mitted to the Most Excellent the Grand Z., who was pleased 
to approve, and the following selections were confirmed: — 

Comp. Peter Milne St. Clair District 

1381 Halls Ave., Windsor, Ont. 

Comp. Harry Jamjeson Hart - ....London 

Box 453, Aylmer, Ont. 

Comp. Clifford 0. Hurst Wilson 

401 College Ave., Simcoe, Ont. 
Comp. Arnold Ritchey iSniith Wellington 

Palmerston, Ont. 
Comp. Thomas James Hicks Hamilton 

Caledonia, Ont. 
Comp. William Stanley Hall Huron 

Box 235, Wingham, Ont. 
Comp. John Gavin Frame Niagara 

10 Highland Gardens, Welland, Ont. 
Comp. William Gibson Currie Toronto East 

342 Roselawn Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

Comp. Wellington Herbert Carleton McEachern 

- i 4 Toronto West 

380 Royal York Road South, Toronto 9, Ont. 
Comp. Henry Alexander McGowan Georgian 

316 Second St., Midland, Ont. 
Comp. Ernest Joseph Hayes Ontario 

Cannington, Ont. 
Comp. George Watson Prince Edward 

R.R. No. 2, Harold P.O., Ont. 
Comp. Alexander Mitchell ....St. Lawrence 

25 Augustus St., Cornwall, Ont. 
Comp. Fergus Archie McDiarmid „... Ottawa 

357 Waverly St., Ottawa, Ont. 
Comp. John William Walker Algoma 

Fort Frances, Ont. 
Comp. Claude Basil Deeks New Ontario 

11 First Ave., Coniston, Ont. 
Comp. Joseph Penman Temiskaming 

New Liskeard, Ont. 

Comp. Fred Clarke Yukon 

Box 285, Dawson, Y.T. 

The newly appointed Grand Superintendents were subse- 
quently addressed and given the necessary instructions as to 
the duties appertaining to their office, by the Committee on 
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Your Committee on Printing submits the following anal- 
ysis of expenditures for the year ended February 28th, 1943: 

Proceedings _. _ _.. _ $ 814.05 

Agenda and Printing and Supplies, Grand Chapter. 147.41 

Circulars, Stationery and General Printing 301.42 

Rituals, Constitutions _ _ 1,375.38 

Grand Chapter Ceremonies 51.84 

Certificates - .. _., 208.75 


We would respectfully request that the following amounts 
be placed at the disposal of the Committee: 

Grand Chapter Agenda and Printing „._ $ 150.00 

Proceedings and Postage for same _ _ 800.00 

Printing, Stationery and Binding _ 400.00 

Constitutions 350.00 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

CHAS. H. Sheppard, Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. Chas. Sheppard, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Executive Committee on Printing 
be received and adopted. 


Your Committee on Investments report that the Debenture 
of the Ontario Loan and Debenture matured December 1st, 
1942, and the cheque for same, being received, was deposited 
in the general funds of Grand Chapter. 


Cost Par Value 
City of Hamilton Debentures, Interest 5%, payable 

half-yearly, May 1st and November 1st; due 

May 1st, 1949. (Registered as to Principal )....$ 4,001.20 $ 4,000.00 

Market Value, $4,380.00. 
Dominion of Canada Conversion Loan Bonds, In- 
terest 4 1 /£%, payable half-yearly, May 1st and 

November 1st; due November 1st, 1958. (Fully 

Registered) 3,135.00 3,000.00 

Market Value $3,270.00. 


Dominion of Canada Conversion Loan Bonds, In- 
terest 4%%, payable half-yearly, May 1st and 
November 1st; due November 1st, 1959. (Fully 

Registered) 73,237.50 72,000.00 

Market Value $79,200.00. 

Dominion of Canada 4!/2% Bonds, Interest payable 
half-yearly, May 1st and November 1st; due 

November 1st, 1958. (Principal Registered).... 2,919.00 3,000.00 
Market Value $3,270.00. 

Canadian National Railway Bonds, Interest 5% 
payable half-yearly, February 1st and August 
1st; due February 1st, 1954. (Principal Reg- 
istered) 2,518.75 2,500.00 

Market Value $2,943.75. 

The Ontario Loan & Debenture Co., Interest 3%%, 
payable half-yearly, June 1st and December 
1st; due June 1st, 1946. (Principal Regis- 
tered) 2,500.00 2,500.00 

Market Value $2,487.50. 

War Savings Certificates 480.00 600.00 

Market Value $480.00. 

$88,791.45 $87,600.00 
Total Market Value $96,031.25. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

O. Ellwood, Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Ellwood, and — 

Resolved, — That the Statement of the Chairman on Investments for 
the year 1942 be received and adopted. 


The Committee on Benevolence have considered the appli- 
cations for relief, and recommend that an appropriation be 
made in the estimates for grants to the following : — 

Chapter No. 1— Daughter of A. S $ 100.00 

l_Widow of G. McN 100.00 

5_Widow of W. A. M 60.00 

8— Widow of R. J 80.00 

44— Widow of C. A. M 100.00 

53— Comp. J. E. W 100.00 

53— Daughter of J..S 60.00 

54— Comp. C. A. H 70.00 

59_Widow of A. E. C 100.00 

72— Widow of P. H. S 50.00 

82^Comp. J. C. W 100.00 

91— Widow of R. J. R 60.00 


« 119— Widow of S. G 50.00 

" 145— Widow of J. A. M 100.00 

« 145— Widow of E. S. 50.00 

« 145— Widow of R. W 100.00 

" 145— Comp. W. J. H 100.00 

" 145— Daughter of J. C 100.00 

" 219— Widow of A. McD 100.00 

« 231— Widow of J. W 80.00 

Special— Widow of R. H. S „ 100.00 

Total.... $1,760.00 

We further recommend that an amount of Three Hundred 
Dollars be provided for Interim Relief, should it be required 
before the next Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter. 

Fraternally Submitted, 

R. B. Dargavel, 
D. C. Patmore, 
Geo. W. Slack. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Conip. John M. Burden, seconded 
by M. Ex. Camp. R. B. Dargavel, and — 

Resolved,' — That the report of the Committee on Benevolence be re- 
ceived and adopted. 


Most Excellent Sir and Companions: — 

Your Committee on Finance submits herewith its report 
for the year ending February 28th, 1943. 

At the outset we desire to point out that we have made 
a serious attempt to balance our budget and have been success- 
ful in doing so. This has necessitated reductions and elmina- 
tions in certain items and we can assure you that these have 
not been made without very careful consideration. 

We submit the following estimate of expenditures for the 
year ending February 28th, 1944, for your approval: 

Benevolence, Grants $ 2,000.00 

Benevolence, Inspection - 50.00 

Expense of G.S.E. Office (including Compensation, Rent and 

Telephone) 5,138.64 

Honorarium Grand Treasurer 250.00 

Foreign Correspondence 300.00 

Fee for Audit Reports 200.00 

Bond Premiums and Insurance - 13.60 

Printing Grand -Chapter Proceedings 800.00 

General Printing - 575.00 

Incidentals, G.S.E. Office 330.00 


G.S.E. Special Travelling 450.00 

Expenses Grand Z 700.00 

Expenses Grand H 25.00 

Expenses Grand J .._ 25.00 

Educational Expenses 500.00 

Grand Chapter Convocation Expenses 800.00 

Executive Committee Expenses 600.00 

Flowers ... 50.00 

Jewels and Engraving 50.00 

Committee on Instruction 200.00 

Interest on Overdraft - 60.00 

Grand Z.'s Presentation 150.00 

Investments 1,300.00 


There has been a reduction made in the Benevolence item 
because your Committee feels that under present conditions, 
when employers are in need of help, the calls for your assist- 
ance should be greatly curtailed. 

Your Committee also recommends that no Chapter rooms 
be dedicated for the duration of the war. The elimination 
of this item will save a considerable amount of travelling- in 
accordance with the request of our Government. 

In the estimates of expenditures you will observe the item 
"Investments." Lest this Grand Chapter gets a false impres- 
sion of our financial position, we have to inform you that 
it was necessary during the past year to sell a debenture in 
the amount of $2,500.00 to reduce an overdraft and this item 
is simply partially replacing it. We would also advise that the 
new investment be not made until Funds are Available. 

The following are the itemized estimated receipts for the 
coming year: — 

Certificates $ 350.00 

Dues 7,000.00 

Fees 350.00 

Dispensations and Warrants 90.00 

Constitutions 150.00 

Sundries : 

Rituals 350.00 

Ceremonies „..* 10.00 

Demits 5.00 

Companion Jewels 39.00 

$ 8,344.00 

Interest from Investments . 3,937.00 

Cash on Hand and in Bank _ 2,346.34 



From the statements following you will see that during 
the past year we spent $2,615.10 more than we received. The 
story in the immediately preceding years has been similar 
and because of this your Committee strongly recommends that 
this balanced budget be approved. 

We wish to express to you Most Excellent Sir, and to the 
Most Excellent, the Grand Scribe E., our appreciation of the 
interest you have taken in this Committee and of the help you 
have so generously given. 

Cash Receipts 

The Cash Receipts of Grand Chapter for the year ended 
February 28th, 1942 and February 28th, 1943 are as 
follows : — 

For Year Ended or 

Feb. 28, 1943 Feb. 28, 1942 Decrease 

From — 

Certificates $ 412.00 $ 278.00 $134.00 I. 

Dues 7,364.60 7,033.60 331.00 I. 

Fees 412.00 278.00 134.00 I. 

Dispensations and Warrants 89.00 89.00 

Constitutions 210.50 116.80 93.70 I. 


Rituals 395.30 324.60 70.70 I. 

Ceremonies 10.30 10.00 .30 I. 

Demits 4.00 7.00 3.00 D. 

Companions' Jewels 87.75 5.40 82.35 I. 

$ 8,985.45 $ 8,142.40 $843.05 I . 
Interest on Investments and Bank 

Balances -.-..* 3,982.13 4,114.68 132.35 D. 

$12,967.58 $12,257.08 $710.50 I. 

Outstanding balances due from Chapters total $1,899.95 
and in comparison with the total as at February 28th, 1942, 
which amounted to $2,220.35, shows a decrease of $320.40. 


The expenses of Grand Chapter are shown below as com- 
pared with those of the previous period. 


For Year Ended 
Feb. 28, 1943 Feb. 28, 1942 

Compensation and Salaries $ 4,705.55 $ 4,690.00 

Foreign Correspondence Report 300.00 300.00 

Office Rent, Telephone, etc 804.44 741.93 

Premium on Guarantee Bond and Insurance 13.60 13.90 

Grand Chapter Convocation Expenses 910.40 927.22 

Convocation Expenses of Executive Com. 

mittee 828.95 840.45 

Grand H. Expenses (LP.) : 37.75 

Grand H. Expenses 19.96 16.50 

Grand J. Expenses 35.00 22.20 

I.P.G.Z. Expenses - - 6.00 

Proceedings 814.05 839.58 

Constitutions 297.54 

General Printing and Stationery 562.01 404.18 

Rituals 1,077.84 

Audit and Financial Reports 200.00 200.00 

Flowers and Wreaths 34.50 9.40 

Grand Scribe E.— Incidentals 184.36 143.33 

Grand Scribe E.— Travelling 341.11 355.51 

Jewels and Engraving 39.36 235.65 

Grand Z. Expenses — (Empey) 131.00 632.63 

Grand Z Expenses— (Stephens) 688.50 

Educational 350.67 412.08 

Dedication and Special Travelling 457.41 430.55 

Interest— Bank Overdraft 59.40 61.66 

I.P.G.Z.— Testimonial 350.00 

Unemployment Insurance .'. 2.97 

Regalia and G.Z. Collar ... 199.15 

Committee on Instruction 127.02 26.70 

Jewels for Sale . 125.01 

$13,107.68 $11,899.34 

To which add: 

Benevolence 2,475.00 3,480.00 

$15,582.68 $15,379.34 

Expenditures exclusive of Benevolence amounted to $13,- 
107.68, as compared with $11,899.34 for the previous year, an 
increase of $1,208.34. Attention is drawn to the purchases of 
rituals, constitutions and jewels for sale which were not in- 
curred during the previous year. 

The Capital of Grand Chapter has decreased during the 
year by $2,615.10 as shown below: 

Total Receipts including interest $12,967.58 

Payments 15,582.68 

$ 2,615.10 


The effect of this decrease is shown by: 

Cash in Bank and on Hand February 28th, 1943..$ 2,346.34 
Cash in Bank and on Hand March 1st, 1942........ 2,461.44 

$ 115.10 

Reduction of Investments 2,500.00 

$ 2,615.10 


I have inspected the Investments and found them to be 
in order. Securities are lodged with the Canadian Bank of 
Commerce, Queen Street Branch, Toronto, Ontario, in safety 
deposit box No. 101. 

A detailed schedule of the Investments will be found at- 
tached hereto. 

All interest due on Investments and Bank Balances has 
been received and deposited in the Bank. This income for the 
year ended February 28th, 1943, amounted to $3,982.13, as 
compared with $4,114.68 for the year ended February 28th, 
1942, a decrease of $132.55. 

Satisfactory vouchers properly approved have been seen 
covering all disbursements. 

Every courtesy has been extended to me during the course 
of my audit and I have much pleasure in reporting that the 
books and accounts of Grand Chapter have been excellently 



Cash in Bank and on Hand, March 1st, 1942: — 

Current Account $ 415.47 

Savings Account - 2,009.59 

In hands of Grand Scribe E 36.38 

$ 2,461.44 

Receipts deposited in Canadian Bank of Commerce: — 

Dues $ 7,364.60 

Certificates $412.00 

Fees 412.00 

Dispensations and Warrants .... 89.00 

$ 913.00 

Interest Received on Investments and 

Bank Balances 3,982.13 




Saleable Supplies to the Chapters: — 

Constitutions $ 210.50 

Rituals - 395.30 

Ceremonies - 10.30 

Demits 4.00 

Companions' Jewels 87.75 


Investments — Redeemed : — 

Ontario Loan and Debenture — 3^%, due December 15th, 

1942 2,500.00 



Compensation and Salaries $ 4,705.55 

Foreign Correspondence Report to Febru- 
ary 28th, 1942 „ 300.00 

Audit and Financial Reports to February 

28th, 1942 _ _ 200.00 

Grand Z. Expenses— (Empey) $ 131.00 

Grand Z. Expenses — (Stephens) 688.50 

Grand H. Expenses 19.96 

Grand J. Expenses _ 35.00 

Dedication and Special Travelling 457.41 

Grand Chapter Convocation, Niagara Falls..$ 910.40 
Grand Chapter Executive, Niagara Falls .... 828.95 

Office Rent, Telephone and Expenses J$ 804.44 

Guarantee Bond and Fire Insurance ..— 13.60 

General Printing and Stationery < 562.01 

Flowers and Wreaths ~ 34.50 

Grand Scribe E.— Office Expense 184.36 

Grand Scribe E.— Travelling 341.11 

-$ 5,205.55 

$ 1,331.87 

Proceedings _ $ 814.05 

Educational ^ 350.67 

Regalia Repairs, Jewels and Engraving .... 39.36 

Committee on Instruction 127.02 



Interest on Bank Overdraft 59.40 

Benevolence - - $ 2,425.00 

Benevolence — Inspection .— 50.00 



Saleable Supplies to the Chapters: — 

Constitutions $ 297.54 

Jewels 125.01 

Rituals 1,077.84 

$ 1,500.39 


Cash in Bank and on Hand, February 28th, 1943: — 

Current Account - _ _...$ 1,333.43 

Savings Account - ,. 1,010.89 

In hands of Grand Scribe E 2.02 



I have audited the books and (vouchers of Grand Chapter for the 
year ended February 28lth, 1943, and found them to be in order and I 
certify that the above is a correct summary of the Accounts. 

I also certify that I have inspected and found in order the invest- 
ments of Grand Chapter, the cost of same being $88,791.45 and the par 
value of $87,600.00. 

J. C. Wilcox, 

Chartered Account, 

Sharp, IMlne & Co., C.A. 
Toronto, Ontario, March 29th, 1943. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

C. Alex. Sollitt, Chairman. 

W. E. Tregenza, 

Fred W. Dean, 

Thos. E. Cribb, 

Ken Carrie, 

Axel H. Knutson. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. C. Alex. Sollitt, and — 

Resolved,— -That the Report of the Executive Committee on Finance 
be received and adopted. 



It is gratifying to be able to report a decidedly improved 
condition now prevailing and which is not confined to any 
particular district or territory but is an evidence that the 
spirit of good-will has been maintained thoughout the whole 
jurisdiction. Money is in greater circulation but the same 
value is not now placed upon this medium of exchange as in 
recent years and which is largely due to the vast numbers 
now steadily employed on munitions and weapons of war, 
which, being temporary, should surely indicate the growing 
need and necessity of guarding against a too optimistic future 
but rather select the material for the building and to fashion 
it for the stability of tomorrow. 

The leadership of Grand Council has been effective and 
therefore, far more constructive work is being done and 
which makes the outlook very encouraging. There is always 
a sense of satisfaction in recording the activities of the con- 
stituent chapters, particularly so, when the spirit of optimism 
has begun to let its rays penetrate the hazy clouds and shed 
its welcome light upon the winding path which we have 
been travelling. 

Congratulations are due the Grand Superintendents for 
the interesting and lucid reports of their respective districts 
and clearly illustrates the abiding truth that one of the most 
durable satisfactons in life is to lose one's self in one's work. 
These toilers in the vineyard have been indefatigable in their 
efforts to promote the best interests of Royal Arch Masonry 
and have made a contribution in their endeavour to raise the 
standard of the work; to strengthen the bonds of friendship 
and to widen the scope of our usefulness. In many places, 
the lights which one by one have been flickering and almost 
extinguished, are again aflame and the glow of renewed en- 
thusiasm warms the heart. 

Grand Superintendent's Reports 

Reference has been again made to the position of the un- 
affiliated Royal Arch Mason. This has been the subject of 
discussion on many occasions and rightly so, as it is quite 
evident that herein lies, in some measure, the key to future 
success. Some have held that every Royal Arch Mason pos- 
sessing the ability to assist by contributing to the relief and 


want of others, should be a member of a Chapter and he who 
stands aloof and looks on coldly at the struggle, incident to 
life, nor adds some portion to the common fund allotted to 
relief, should never have been "received and acknowledged"; 
he is a stone unfitted for the building and would always mar 
the beauty of our noble edifice. The time is here when a 
special survey should be made of these unattached compan- 
ions and an united effort made to re-establish them within 
our ranks while the spark of enthusiasm remains and before 
the sun sets. It cannot be denied that some, through selfish 
principles, applied for admission, while others, ambitious for 
degrees, used the Chapter as a stepping stone and while we 
should keep our hearts hungry for new knowledge, we should 
remember to support the helping hand that was outstretched 
when the urge for more light in Masonry was upon us and 
a desire to attain to higher pinnacles. Retain your member- 
ship in the Chapter, it is well worth while. 

The seeds planted in former years by the Grand Superin- 
tendents and watered by the sweat of their labors, is now 
bearing fruit as would be indicated iby the following extracts 
from current reports: — 

(A) "The officers for 1943 have accepted their opportun- 
ities by working with 'Service and Progress' as their aim. In 
order to do this, Committees have been formed and we have 
seen and continue to see, their progress by petitions for mem- 
bership. I am sure that better work and better attendance 
will result." 

. (B) "The officers have been regular visitors at the sister 
chapters, but the small attendance of the Companions of the 
Chapters, presents opportunities for service." 

00 "I firmly believe that the whole success of our Chap- 
ters is in the efficiency of its officers." 

(D) "The interest in Capitular Masonry is improving and 
a decided increase in attendance in most of the Chapters. 
The financial outlook is brighter." 

(E) "This Chapter has had a wonderful year — eight 
candidates — the Officers are to ibe congratulated for we know 
that eight candidates means plenty of work and the fraternal 
spirit greatly enhanced." 

and from the far flung Klondike Chapter in the Yukon, we 
have this encouraging message: — 

"We are looking ahead to the future when once again 
peace and goodwill rules the world and the Companions, 
who are absent, can return and take their accustomed places 


among us. War conditions have seriously effected this north- 
ern part of the Yukon and there is a steady outgoing of men 
to the Southern end of the territory to work on the vast pro- 
jects connected with the Alaska Highway." 

Your committee feels that the hand of friendship should 
foe again extended to them. May the flame that tempers the 
bright steel of their zeal, never die but burn always, so that 
their work may be like the watchman's fire on a lonely road — 
cherished by all wayfarers. 

The Grand Superintendents have displayed unusual activ- 
ity in visitations within and without their respective districts, 
willingly sacrificing their personal desires to preside or assist 
in Installation ceremonies, social functions or organizing 
committees, in addition to their obligated responsibilities and 
for the whole-hearted devotion to duty, we can well inscribe 
on their banners "Semper fidelis". A glorious example of 
unflagging enthusiasm and unselfish devotion to duty, has 
marked their term of office with particular distinction and 
clearly demonstrates that when the responsibility was placed 
upon their shoulders, one year ago, they recognized and acc- 
epted it as a trust and meritoriously devoted their attention 
to the demands of their office and now, with pride, pass the 
torch to their successors with their lamps well trimmed and 

It is fitting that reference should be made in this report 
to the great contribution made by our Grand Z. and his coll- 
eagues to the betterment of Royal Arch Masonry and which 
has given to us a leadership outstanding in its application and 
far reaching in its concern. M. Ex. Comp. Stephens has en- 
deared himself to his Companions, who greet him with pride 
and confidence, as one who is a friend to all. His presence 
always lends dignity and prestige to any gathering and his 
messages were not only an inspiration but were jammed full 
of meaty information and pointed the way to greater possible 

The members of Grand Chapter have been welcomed 
warmly and sincerely by the constituent chapters and their 
reciprocal friendships are mutually exchanged in the eighteen 
districts which comprise this Grand Jurisdiction. 


Our Chapters show evidence of thriftiness, as all along 
the line, it is found that carefully planned spending has been 
in keeping with an anticipated revenue, resulting in a rela- 


tively stronger financial position and a policy of "cutting the 
suit according to the cloth". There is also an improvement 
in the number of companions, whose dues are in arrears but 
still 1966 in a total membership of 15,900 is approximately 
12% and this does not take into account, the 3,868 Life mem- 
bers. Surely this merits the attention of the Principals of 
all Chapers thus effected and who have been charged with the 
responsibility of management. There are 153 constituent 
Chapters, each in itself a separate entity, yet an integral 
part of the whole. May they seek always and strive always 
in good faith and high courage, to keep the banner of Royal 
Arch Masonry unfurled and go forward, self-confident, vigor- 
ous, energetic, alive to the needs of the hour and with a res- 
olve that our beloved craft will so shine in the hearts and 
affections of men, that the public reputation of the institution 
will be found to rise because of the skill and discretion with 
which its affairs are managed and because of the character 
and the conduct of its principal officers who are zealous in 
their endeavour to promote the happiness of men. 

It is recommended that these 153 Chapters should strive 
as never before, to keep the expenditures well within the 
range of the income and in many cases it would be possible 
to place in reserve, the Exhaltation fee and confine the ex- 
penses of operation to "dues" revenue. Your Committee 
again finds a need of more accurate and greater promptness 
in supplying information which forms the basis of this report, 
as estimates cannot, sometimes, be relied upon. However, 
from statistics in hand, it is evident that the comparison of 
Assets and Liabilities,, remain fairly constant, i.e. eleven to 
one, with the former in a total of $204,208. and the latter 
standing at $19,800. — a comfortable situation, if correct, but 
we would venture to say that full depreciation on fixed assets 
or full provision for shrinkage in collectable dues, has not 
been made but as regards to the Liabilities, these could be 
accepted as being fairly accurate and a matter of deep grati- 

Attention can be again suggested to the question of the 
yearly dues. Many Chapters are asking $3.00 or less annually, 
others from $3.00 to $7.00 and it is to these, particularly, our 
remarks are directed. It is not the intention or desire to 
trespass upon the rights of any Chapters, yet we feel that we 
would be remiss in our duty should we not urge serious 
thought and consideration to this vital question. The cost of 
operation has increased in refreshments, postage and sundry 


smaller items and which, in some cases, would surely extend 
the cost per member above the revenue. This is largely the 
crux of the financing difficulty and upon each chapter rests 
the responsibility of providing the answer. 

Beneficent And Charitable Kindliness 

The supreme act of a lofty soul is to forget itself and 
think of someone else. Have we remembered, as we travel 
the highway of plenty and comfort, those whose outlook has 
been dimmed by the stark realities of want and sorrow? Have 
we cultivated and grown flowers of kindness in such variety 
and profusion that their fragrance will penetrate and per- 
meate every life for the common good and the (benign influence 
of Royal Arch Masonry? The distribution of benevolent 
grants of $4,500. is evidence that this saving grace is well to 
the front, recognizing as it does, that the Companions app- 
reciate that active beneficence has its own reward. 

If we are the captains of our fate and the master of our 
souls, charged with the task of fashioning and moulding men 
into the image of God, ought we to thrust all else aside and 
dedicate ourselves to this foremost purpose of our lives ; thus 
rearing of the kingdom of God on earth. 'Tis the most vital 
question we could ask at the dawn of the New Year within 
our Grand Chapter, if we are to continue to lead men into 
larger understanding. 

No one will deny that good deeds are monuments erected 
in the hearts of men and that life is a succession of little 
things in which smiles and kindness will win and preserve the 
heart and secure comfort and contentment. To this end, the 
Toronto Welfare Committee have to their credit, the continued 
gratitude of the underprivileged mothers and children, whom 
they have befriended for so many years, but alas and alack, 
this activity has been curtailed for 1943 because of gasoline 
rationing. The ardor has been dampened temporarily. 

John Morgan Empey 

Most Excellent Companion Empey, reached the pinnacle 
of his ambitions in Masonry, when he served Grand Chapter 
as its Grand Z. but was deprived of witnessing the accom- 
plishments of his desire by the call of the Great Jehovah. 

A man livable and lovable, sincere in his convictions and 
for which his closest associates, of which he had many, ad- 
mired him. He possessed a pet pride in the achievements of 


Masonry and the accomplishments of the Toronto University, 
of which he was a graduate as a Civil Engineer, and used 
his knowledge in the betterment of our road systems; the 
highways and the byways over which men travel in the 
hurried and quicker pace of the ipresent day. Simple in habits 
and lavishly hospitable, without ostentation or visible pride, 
warm and congenial dignity and a firm conviction that our 
Freemasonry is destined to be one of the greatest factors in 
a vital and living democracy, which he visualized to be so 
necessary in the happiness and contentment of man. 

Who would measure the breadth of his mind and the height 
of his' spirit and to appreciate the many kinds of man he was, 
forcing involuntarily, upon our affections and freshness and 
fertility of his character. 

"How well he fell asleep, 

Like some proud river widening towards the sea, 
Calmly and grandly, silently and deep, 

Life joined eternity." 


The year has been full of conscientious service. We have 
continued the quest for true and lasting Light, that the good 
tidings of Royal Arch Masonry and the cardinal principles 
of this Ancient and Honorable Fraternity may be spread in 
every direction and firmly implanted in every community. 

So long as Freemasonry and Freemasons work to contri- 
bute to the purpose of God, so long shall Freemasonry live and 
shed its beneficient influences among men. Neither the iron 
heels of dictators or oppression, can then prevail in their en- 
deavour to crush our noble fraternity into the dust of time. 
As it has existed from time immemorial, so may its star of 
hope shine more brightly throughout finite time that is 

Respectfully Submitted, 

Frank G. McLean, Chairman, 
W. E. Gowling, 
R. H. B. Cook, 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. Frank G. McLean, and — 

..Resolved, — That the report of the Executive Committee on Condition 
of Capitular Masonry be received and adopted. 


Grand Chapter was "Called Off" at 4 o'clock p.m. 


In co-operation with the Toronto Districts Chapters, all 
delegates joined in a Dinner in the Crystal Ball Room at 7 
o'clock p.m. The Guest Speaker was Excellent Comp. Col. 
Alexander L. Johnson, Blue Mountain Chapter, No. 550, Law- 
son, New South Wales, Australia ; Past Master Scottish Lodge* 
Manila, Philippine Islands, G.L. Scotland. 

THURSDAY, April 29th, 1943 
Grand Chapter was "Called On" at 9.40 o'clock a.m. 


The Cominittee on Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence 
begs to report as follows : 

R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, Grand H., has given the 
following notice of motion: 

"That Subsection 10 of section 122 of the Constitution of 
Grand Chapter be repealed and the following substituted 
therefor : 

'Within sixty days after his installation, he shall hold a 
course of instruction for the Excellent Principals of all the 
Chapters in his district, and if unable to do so, he shall notify 
the Grand Z., who may appoint a competent Companion to 
instruct such Chapter or Chapters/ " 

R. Ex. Comp. J. Austin Evans, Past Grand Superintendent, 
has given the following notice of motion: 

"That Section 280 of the Constitution of the Grand Chap- 
ter be repealed, and the following substituted therefor: 

4 280 — The jewel of Office worn by the present and past 
Grand Z.'s as well as the jewels of Office of the Grand H. 
and Grand J., may be suspended from a chain collar of gold 
or other metal gilt. During tenure of Office, the jewels of 
other elected Officers may be suspended from a ribbon collar of 
three colours, viz. : purple, crimson and pale blue, four inches 
wide, edged with gold lace and fringe, and of all appointed 
Officers from a similar ribbon collar edged with gold lace of 
narrower width.' 


'That Section 283 be amended by striking out the words : 
"Corresponding with the collar" in the 8th and 9th lines 

'That Section 286 be amended by repealing the last para- 
graph thereof and substituting therefor the following: 


'The jewel, or a miniature of same, appertaining to their 
respective offices and set in a circle, may be worn on the left 
breast/ " 

There is no constitutional objection to the Notices of 
Motion for the repeal of Subsection 10 of Section 122, and 
for the repeal of Section 280 of the Constitution of Grand 
Chapter, along with the suggested substitutions being sub- 
mitted to the Grand Chapter at its Annual Convocation in 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 

A. Monteith, Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, sec- 
onded by R. Ex. Comp. A. H. Monteith, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Executive Committee on Constitu- 
tion, Laws and Jurisprudence be received and adopted. 



Beat!) is ttjc past toljere all 

map refuge ftnb, 
®fte enb of labor, entrp into reat. 




In the Sacred Volume it is written — 

"In my Father's house are many mansions, if it were not 
so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 
And if I go, and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and 
receive you unto myself, that where I am there ye may be also." 

In these words of comfort and promise, we, as Capitular 
Masons, are reassured of the glorious awakening at the termi- 
nation of our earthly pilgrimage; that we shall be with him, 
our Redeemer and Saviour,, in a place prepared for us in the 
realms of eternal glory; and again be with those loved Com- 
panions who have gone before. 

This year, 344 sincere and earnest masonic Companions 
have passed from our midst in this life, and, only the known 
hope of reunion in paradise, tempers our grief. We are ever 
mourners who go about the streets because man goeth to his 
long home, but we must always remember and rejoice that 
though man's body goes to dust, his spirit return to God who 
gave it. 

"We cannot say, we will not say 
That they are dead — they are just away. 
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand, 
They have wandered into an unknown land, 
And left us dreaming how very fair 
It needs must be since they linger there." 

Let us then remember with gratitude, their friendship and 
loyalty, and that they were our masonic brothers in life, await- 
ing, as we shall in turn await, that greatest Easter morn, — 

"when all the graves their dead restore," 

Therefore, it behoves us, Companions, to live unselfishly, 
strive always honourably, work steadfastly, pray unceasingly, 
and wait patiently, possessing a courage and a hope that we 
shall each be known and remembered as a good mason when 
our earthly journey is ended. No higher tribute should we 

The passing of many outstanding Masons of our Order 
has brought a painful loss to us all. 



Our late Grand Z. passed away at Ingersoll on May 21st, 
1942. He was born in Putnam, Middlesex County, on the 
16th April, 1874. He qualified for a High School Teacher and 
taught for 5 years in Public Schools of Ontario. He later 
graduated from the School of Applied Science at the Uni- 
versity of Toronto and after a Post Graduate Course, ob- 
tained his Degrees of Bachelor of Applied Science in Mining 
and Civil Engineering from the same University. He held 
the following Degrees, B.A.Sc, D.L.S., O.L.S. and A.L.S. 

His Masonic life was progressive in all branches. In the 
Royal Craft he was a Past Grand Superintendent and was 
Grand Z. of this body in this province at the time of his de- 
cease. A 32nd Scottish Rite Mason, a Past Grand Master of 
the Cryptic Rite, a Past Grand Senior General of the Grand 
Conclave of Canada, Red Cross of Constantine. 

As was said by the Minister of his church at the burial 
service — John Empey was — 

"a faithful 'Christian, a kind gentleman, a great Mason." 

Surely an inspiration and example for us all. 


A word must be said for this Royal Gentleman, who was 
the Ruling Grand Master of the Ancient Free and Accepted 
Masons of the United Grand Lodge of England, and Grand 
First Principal of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of England. Regardless of his royal birth and high offices, he 
exemplified throughout his long life the spirit of equality and 
true brotherhood. 


All true Companions were grieved at the sudden end of 
this Royal Prince at the height and strength of young man- 
hood, while doing his duty on Active Service in this Second 
World War. At the time of his death on August 25th, 1942, 
His Royal Highness was The Most Worshipful Grand Master 
of the United Grand Lodge of England ; First Grand Principal 
of the Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Eng- 
land, and the Most Worshipful Grand Master Grand Lodge of 
Mark Master Masons of England and Wales and the Dominions 
and Dependencies of the British Crown. We mourn, with all 
true citizens, the passing of a charming Royal gentleman and 
eminent Mason. 



The loss occasioned by the death of this eminent mason 
cannot be measured in words. Born on 18th February, 1875, 
he rose to prominence in his chosen business career. In Mas- 
onry he was a Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Can- 
ada in Ontario. In Capitular Masonry, he was a Past First 
Principal, by special legislation. In the Scottish Rite he was 
the Most Puissant Sovereign Grand Commander, 33rd degree 
at the time of his death. No further remarks are necessary 
than the following tribute paid to his memory by the Mem- 
bers of the Scottish Rite, — 

"Earth is the richer that he lived, and Heaven that he died." 

It is impossible to recapitulate the many and varied quali- 
ties of all our deceased Companions, but we may take pride in 
their accomplishments, and feel honoured that they were our 
brothers in an Order whose tenents and principles encourage 
man to rise to his highest and finest endeavours. 

We join, also with our Sister Jurisdictions in their grief 
at the loss they have sustained by the passing of so many 
Companions, and send them our loving thoughts, and extend 
the hand of sympathy. 

In conclusion, Companions, let us so live that when our 
summons comes to join the innumerable caravan that moves 
to that mysterious realm, where each shall take his chamber 
in the silent halls of death, we go not, like the quarry — slave 
at night, scourged! to his Dungeon, but sustained and soothed 
by an unfaltering trust, we each approach our grave like one 
who wraps the drapery of his couch about him, and lies 
down to pleasant dreams. 

Fraternally submitted, 

A. G. N. Bradshaw, Chairman. 
Chas. Fotheringham, 
G. U. Howell, 
James 0. Benor. 



No. 1. John M. Empey, Andrew M. Kennedy, Thomas Mercer, Arnott 
James Minnes. 

No. 2. E. Georger Muehlman, Alfred W. Palmer, William Smith, 
John Shuart, M. Charles Thompson, George F. Webb, John 
Patterson, Daniel W. Evans, John Gompf. 



No. 3. George Gallimore, James Carry Pook, Cameron Thompson, 

Frederick Rossiter, Harold R. Elliott, Alex Currie, Arthur 

H. Brener, George Burdick Sr., James W. Gouse, W. D. 


No. 4. Everton D. Grant, Edward W. Knee, Percy Gott, Arthur M. 

WiLbur, Wesley R. Hoar. 
No. 5. Alfred E. Connor, E. W. Geothe Quantz, Root. J. Ross, James 

McDonald, Claude Brown, Thomas S. Lucas. 
No. 6. James Henderson, Thomas C. Binkley, Donald Munroe, Charles 

H. Nix, H. Woodward, J. Murgatroyd. 
No. 7. C. Frederick Robinson, Richard Edmond Vivian, William 

No. 8. John Won. Woods, John A. Rowland, E. Ball, John Stephen, 
Roy Ainley, Henry T. Powell, Sam G. Simpson, Chris Halls. 
No. 15. Robert Kerr, Alfred Baxter, James T. Purves, Herbert J. 

No. 16. Jervis Edmund Mullin, James Albert McLean, Whitely East- 
wood, Frederick Allen Beatty. 
No. 18. Percy L. Johnston, Henry A. Biggins. 
No. 19. George Powell, Eugene Frederick Dwyer, Charles Rudolph 

Klive, John Muir Shultis. 
No. 20. Edward Hart, Jacob D. Anguish, Frederick Wallace Bell, 
Alexander Summerhayes, Charles Morton Thompson, 
William Thos. Crowe. 
Frederick W. Elliott. 
R. N. Stinson, Harry Angle. 

Chas. H. Solley, Wm. H. Plummer, Hy. J. Peter. 
Charles Morrison Foster, Charles M. Richardson, Arthur Frank 

Edward B. Fry, Ethel Connolly, George Morgan, William A. 

Geo. Wm, McLaughlin. 
Col. J. C. Massie, A. E. Havil. 

David Livingston Jones, Abraham Cornfield, Walter J. Mac- 
Duncan B. Christie, Nelson Rose. 
W. F. Mickus, James Hastie Cowan, James Edward Gardiner, 

Alfred Hurst. 
Harry H. Burns, P. E. Dunn. 
William H. Bradburn, John J. Turner, D. H. Downie, A. St.A. 

Smith, Stanley C. Thompson. 
Gideon J. Nantel, Fred L. Curtis, Nelson Reynolds, Walter 

Hugh, Blake Crawford. 
Charles Kelly. 

Norman H. Empey, John Ferris David, John L. Revell. 
Harry E. Scott. 

James Thome, George F. Purdy. 

Thomas Hunter, John M. Empey, William McCauley. 
H. A. G. Willoughby, H. C. Ripley. 
John Irwin, Herbert Campbell, William Richard Niles. 
J. Edward Kelly, Albert Prince. 

M. S. Carl, Charles W. Surgent, Roger S. Black, Henry Roe, 
Herbert Martin, John Currie, John Cullen, Charles Mero. 





























































John A. Black. 
George L. Morgan. 
F. P. Turner. 

Chas. EL. Fitzsimimons, D. H. Gilhim, Harold J. Rothwell, Ben- 
jamin Dillon, George W. Morrison, Allan Slaver, William 
C. Laverty, George Johnson, Frederick A. Stagg. 
William W. Baird, Edward Micholson. 
John A. Morton. 

William J. Best, George W. Clarkson, Charles R. Hagen, 
Percy D. McAllister, L. Clarke Raymond. 
No. 65. T. G. L. Barnes, William D. Greer, Robert Ca&sels, Jabez 
Henry Elliott, William Benjamin Milliken, John Albert 
H. H. Ross, R. S. Hays, J. Rankin, C. H. Venner, F. G. Neilin. 
Jonathan Lome Book. 
Thomas Henry Ketcheson. 
John Curry. 
Alexander Fraser. 

James Hozack, Henry J. Ragen, Disney Forbes, Chas. J. 
Corner, Archibald Allison, Thomas G. Taggart, Roland 
Olliver, George Brawley, Ernest H. Jolliffe, Casper Clark, 
Albert Macoomb, Hugh Kennedy. 
Fred McRae Bawden, David Mullen, Stanley Alfred Jennings. 
Alvin E. Griffith, James C. Fergus, Cecil F. Clapp, John W. 
Warden, H. L. Drake, Arthur L. Kerr, Thos. H. Yates, 
James Maw. 
Richard Robert Knowles. 

A. R. Elliott, J. A. Shaw, Thomas Gray, James Whiteacre. 
Chas. Robert McKeown, William Alexander Hutchinson, 

Gordon Bruce Hayes, John Alfred Lovell. 
John Caister, Samuel Bloom. 
Allan Anley Scott. 
Thomas David Stokoe, Wm. Frederick Corbett, George W. 

Richard Henry Heels, Francis John Carew. 
Joseph Samuel Jacobs. 

David Brown, Thomas J. Faux, J. M. Robb, Robert H. Knight, 
John Allen Montgomery. 
No. 103. Sam Solomian, Chas. E. Coleman, Homer Stockdale, Herbert 
Gales Reid, Jas. H. Dixon, Wm. H. Thomas, Thos. Row- 
No. 104. Lloyd A. Jacques. 
No. 112. Ralph Genzmere Fetterly. 
No. 113. John Alexander Anderson. 
No. 114, James Craw Fraser, John S. Burton. 
No. 115. Fred J. Farsons, David M. Murray. 
No. 116. John A . McLaren, John C Carr. 
No. 119. F. H. Her, G. R. Mills, G. S. Whittle. 
No. 129. John Morgan Empey. 
No. 130. Wm, J. Loughleen. 
No. 132. John P. Sinclair. 

No. 133. Robert E. Arnold, George E. Arnold. 
No. 134. James Gall, Frank Bagshaw. 





































No. 138. William Henry Hastings, Frank McCormack. 

No. 140. Archie McCollum, George R. Duncan, Robert E. Larmour, J. R. 

Stinson, John William MacGregor, W. J. Iball, Newton 

Edmeston, Benjamin Hollenberg, Frederick Symes, Robert 

T. McCollum. 
Nq. 145. Duke of Connaught, John M Empey, H. DeWitt Hamilton, 

Chas. K. McKeown, Chas. G. Smith, Geo. W. Verral, David 

Brown, Harry Birch, R. C, Clarke, J. H. Gibbs, Frank 

Graham, R. B. Holden, Harry J. Regan, L. F. Scholes, R. M. 

Tuthill, W. W. Woods, Geo. F. Pritchard, Walter Moore. 
No. 146. Fred McConnell. 

No. 149. Ernest William Hunter, Louis Napoleon Lapointe. 
No. 150. Milt. Morrow, T. B. Knight, J. C. Mason, M. H, Prouse 
No. 151. David W. Blakeley. 

No. 152. Ernest Eugene Schaer, William Rannie McCutcheon. 
No. 153. William W. Stover. 

No. 154. Richard A. McCluskey, Roger Lewis Kinsey. 
No. 155. Andrew Knox, Edgar W. Wright. 
No. 163. Bruce Agnew Robinson, Caspar Clark. 
No. 164. Dugold Turner. 

No. 167. Arthur Evans, John H. Hudson, Robt. John Craig. 
No. 168. R. H. Lowery, Dan Wood. 
No. 175. James Alexander Thomas, Gordon J. Hutton, David A. Souter, 

Daniel W. Evans, Alfred H. Baker. 
No. 184. William F. Willson. 
No. 185. Albert Macoomib, G. W. Hobertson, August Johansen, P. G. 

No. 203. C. J. O. Reckin, L. F. Kelly. 
No. 213. Geo. Clark Murphy. 
No. 215. Robert Dowdall, Geo. Blyth. 

No. 217. Casper Clark, Lionel C. Trinnell, Roderick Wm. Mackay. 
No. 219. Henry Mitchel Boddy. 
No. 224. Donald Munro, John J. Guy, Daniel W. Evans, Richard G. 

No. 225. J. Kerr Young. 
No. 230. John E. Hall. 

No, 231. Everton D. Grant, David E. Robertson. 
No. 232. Fred Thomas W. Hodgson. 
No. 233. William N. White. 
No. 234. Robert Weymes. 

No. 235. John Henry Ward, Fred A. MacDonald. 
No. 236. William Douglas. 

No. 239. John Lloyd Rutherford, Franklin B. Simmons. 
No. 241. Edward D. Eddy. 

No. 242. Robert Hunter, Lindsay Percival McKindsey. 
No. 243. Lome C. Wallace, Arthur Beers. * 

No. 246. Arnold R. Smith, Frank W. Buck. 
No. 247. William Cochran. 
No. 248. James Hart. 

No. 249. Edgar Howard Cole. . . 

No. 250. James Chalmer Fergus, Frank Thompson. 
No. 251. Charles Wood. 
No. 252. William J. Lannin. 
No. 253. William Harry Barrett. 



British Columbia — Francis Charles Bird, G.Z., 1925; 
Alexander McDuff, G.Z., 1933. 


General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the 
United States of America ; Henry DeWitt Hamilton, G.G.H.P. 

Arkansas— F. S. Westerfield, G.H.P., 1899. 

Arizona— John McElroy Cochran, G.H.P., 1934-1935. 

California— Arthur Marion Abbott, G.H.P., 1934-1935. 

Delaware — George Spence Scott, G.H.P., 1917; Harry 
Galbraith, G.H.P., 1899-1900. 

Florida— Dabney B. Palmer, G.H.P., 1917. 

Kansas— .Alexander A. Sharp, G.H.P., 1899. 

Kentucky — Henry Hopson Holemen, G.H.P., 1906; Samuel 
Keene Veach, G.H.P., 1919. 

Louisiana — Edgar F. Nichols, Grand Scribe, 1942. 

Maine— Frederick William Plaisted, G.H.P., 1901-1902; 
Thomas Henry Bodge, G.HJP., 1910; Rev. A. Francis Walch, 
Grand Chaplain, 1921. 

Michigan— Arthur Scott Hudson, G.H.P., 1933-1944. 

Montana— Morris D. Rowland, D.G.H.P., 1942; Emil Ed- 
ward Blumenthal, G.H.P., 1940-1941; Morris Reece Chew 
Smith, G.H.P., 1917-1918; George J. Bonine, Grand Scribe, 

Nebraska— George J. Spohn, G.H.P., 1902-1903. 

New York— Philip M. Nast, Jr., Grand King, 1896. 

Oregon— Louis Marshall Snow, G.H.P., 1937. 

Utah— ^Chales R. Shields, G.G. Sentinal. 

Vermont — Charles Lucien Haight, G.H.P., 1941; Arthur 
Anderson, G.H.P., 1937; George Irwin Whitney, G.H.P., 1919. 

Wyoming — Richard H. Repath, Grand Secretary 1923- 

It was moved by R. E. Camp. John M. Burden, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Committee on Fraternal Dead be 



Your Committee has read with much interest the inspiring 
address of M. Ex. Comp. Stephens. Nothing of importance 
seems to have been omitted and a perusal of this fine address 
impresses the reader with a sense of the generous spirit of 
the Grand Z. who gave freely of his time and talents in an 
effort to further the cause of Royal Arch Masonry. 

We join in the warm fraternal welcome extended to the 
visitors and delegates, and heartily endorse his reference to 
the hospitality extended to Grand Chapter by the City Offi- 
cials and our Toronto Companions. 

His reference to the lamented death of Most Excellent 
Companion John M. Empey will find a responsive cord in the 
heart of every member of Grand Chapter. It is with pro- 
found sorrow that we record the passing of one who gave to 
Masonry of his best, whose kindly disposition endeared 
him to all Who were privileged to know him, and whose labor 
in the quarries of the Royal Craft will not soon be forgotten. 

For when a great man dies 
For years beyond our ken, 
The light he leaves behind him, 
Shines upon the paths of men. 

M. Ex. Comp. Stephens refers to the responsibility which 
he assumed on the death of M. Ex. Comp. Empey, resulting 
in his presiding over Grand Chapter for four consecutive 
years. Mere words seem empty and meaningless to express 
our gratitude to Comp. Stephens for the splendid manner in 
which he stepped into the breach and carried on without in- 
terruption, the duties of Grand Z. 

We heartily concur in his action in sending a message of 
sympathy to His Majesty the King upon the untimely death 
of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Kent, whose leadership 
in Masonry will be sorely missed throughout the Masonic 

The comments on the Grand Z upon the work of the Com- 
mittee on Instruction and the Committee on Education merit 
our applause and approval. His words with reference to Fin- 
ances and membership are well timed and well chosen, and 
should be given serious consideration. 

Dispensations, while numerous, are purely routine and 


contain nothing of a contentious nature. We approve his 
comment upon the work of the Toronto Welfare Committee 
and entirely agree with his expression of admiration and 

We read with more than passing interest, of his appoint- 
ments to the Corps of Grand Represenatives and appreciate 
his frankness in dealing with the subject of what is expected 
of those who represent Sister Jurisdictions. His suggestion 
that our representatives should show life and activity is most 

Despite many duties, M. Ex. Comp. Stephens found time 
to visit many Chapters and Districts; his work among the 
Craft Lodges is particularly appreciated, as also his visits 
to other jurisdictions where his pleasing personality and 
powers of oratory no doubt created a favourable impression 
and added to his lengthy list of Masonic Friendships. 

We are naturally surprised and somewhat concerned to 
read his report on Alberton Chapter and sincerely trust that 
amicable arrangements may be made that will be entirely 
satisfactory to our Companions in Fort Frances. 

M. Ex. Comp. Stephens review on the founding of the 
various Grand Chapters in Canada will no doubt prove ill— 
uminiating to those Who have not been cognizant of the ass- 
istance rendered by this Grand Chapter to those who desired 
to establish Grand Chapters within their Provincial boun- 

We note with interest his reference to an affiliation of 
Canadian Grand Chapters with the General Grand Chapter 
of the United States. We agree that there are possibilities 
for advancing Royal Arch Masonry through the medium of a 
General Grand Chapter but whether we should join with the 
General Grand Chapter of the United States or endeavour to 
interest our Companions of other Provinces in an all Can- 
adian General Grand Chapter is a matter that should be given 
careful study. Due to existing conditions, it is the considered 
opinion of your Committee that the time is not opportune to 
consider such an undertaking. 

Under the caption of "THE WAR" the Grand Z ably ex- 
presses the thought uppermost in our minds and we appre- 
ciate the splendid manner in which he deals with this grave 

In conclusion, the members of your Committee desire to 
record their personal appreciation of the work and effort 
put forth on behalf of our beloved Order by M. Ex. Comp. 


Stephens and to congratulate him upon the presentation of an 

excellent address. 

Edwin Smith, 
Walter G. Price, 
Wm. Y. Mills, 
R. B. Dargavel, 
Geo. L. Gardiner, 


It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. Geo. L, Gardiner, seconded 
by M. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, and— 

Resolved, — That the report of the committee on the Grand Z.'s 
address be received and adopted." 


Most Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner presented his report 
on "Fraternal Correspondence" and read the "Foreward" of 
the same. 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner, 
seconded by M. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills and — 

Resolved, — That the report on the Fraternal Correspondence be re- 
ceived and adopted. 

Historian Elected 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, seconded by M. 
Ex. Comp. Wm. Y. Mills, and — 

Resolved. — That Most Excellent Companion George L. Gardiner be 
re-elected Grand Historian and Reviewer. 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. H. Forbes, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean, and — 

Resolved, — "That the rank of Past Z. be conferred upon Companion 
Douglas Gordon McTllwraith, (Past Master of Harmony Lodge, No. 57, 
Binbrook, Ontario, and an affiliated Past Master of the Lodge of Strict 
Observance No. 27, Hamilton, Ontario, 'Sovereign Grand Commander of 
the Supreme Council A. & A.S.R. of the Dominion of Canada, and an 
outstanding member of the Medical Profession and a Companion of 
The Hamilton Chapter, No. 175, in good standing.) As a Past Z. of the 
said, The Hamilton Chapter, without his having been elected to or served 
in the office of J., N., and Z., respectively, and without his having complied 
with any other requirements of the Constitution of Grand Chapter relat- 
ing to the office of Past Z. on the ground that his service to Masonry, 
his excellent qualities as a Mason, justly entitles him to the deserved 
honour; and that the Grand Scribe E., be instructed to issue the Dis- 
pensation giving The Hamilton Chapter, No. 175, Hamilton, Ontario, 
the necessary authority to install and invest him. 



Moved by R. Ex. Comp. Wm. Tregenza, seconded by V. 
Ex. Comp. W. R. Ledger, and — 

Resolved, — "That R. Ex. Comp. George W. Slack be elected a member 
of the Committee on Benevolence for a period of three years." 

The following Companions comprise the Committee on 
Benevolence and are members of the Executive Committee of 
Grand Chapter for their respective terms: — 

M. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel, retires in 1944. 
R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore, retires in 1945. 
R. Ex. Comp. George W. Slack, retires in 1946. 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. A. H. Monteith, seconded 
by M. Ex. Comp. Wm. Y. Mills, and— 

Resolved, — "That if under existing war conditions such action he 
deemed necessary, this Grand Chapter authorize the Grand Z. with the 
consent of the Grand Executive, obtained by correspondence, to dispense 
with a Convocation of Grand Chapter in 1944, and in such case to make 
all necessary arrangement for selection of Grand Superintendents at 
District Meetings, and for the continuance in office of all other elected 
officers. ) 


This Committee has confined its activities to the prepara- 
tion of the Banner. There has been a process of crystalization 
taking place and this is now about complete and it is hoped 
that this Committee will be able to institute fresh activities 
in the coming year, such as the issuing of instructions, 
material, etc., for the use of the Education Committees of 
the various Chapters and for this purpose it is requested that 
the sum of $100.00 be placed in the estimates. 

The financial statement is as follows: — 
Printing and distribution of "The Royal Arch Ban- 
ner" four issues : $73.32, $73.32, $84.11 and 

$73.32 _ $304.07 

Haydon: Expenses, postage, etc 28.87 

Circulars ~~~ 21.60 


I would request that an amount of $400.00 be placed in the 
estimates for the year 1943 and that authorization be given 


to publish and distribute four issues of "The Koyal Arch 
Banner." , 

Companion Haydon has given his usual willing and con- 
scientious service in the library. Unfortunately the com- 
panions do not make as much use of this facility as they 
might, and it is suggested that some publicity in the various 
Chapter circulars might improve this situation. 

Attached to this report is a list of the books on "Capitular 
Masonary", which has been freely distributed in order to 
stimulate interest in Masonic reading. 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 

Austin Evans, Chairman, 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. J. Austin Evans, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Committee on Education be re- 
ceived and adopted. 


List Of Books Available 

( * Indicates U.S. publications) 

Companions are requested to select two or more titles in case the 
first mentioned is on loan; or else to state the subject on which infor- 
mation is desired. 

Rules of Grand Lodge Library govern this one too. 

Antiquity of the Holy Royal Arch 

Apocalypse of Freemasonry 

Historical Analysis of the Royal Arch ritual 

Organisation of the Royal Arch Chapter in 1725 
(all 'by Rev. F. Castells) 

British Masonic Miscellany, Vols. 15 and 16 

Explanation of the R. A. Degree. J. S. M. Ward 

Higher Degree Handbook, J. S. M. Ward 

History and Allegory of R. A., Rev. W. W. C. Crump 

Introduction to Mark Masonry, J. A. Grantham 

Introduction to R. A. Masonry, "Essex Master" 
*King Solomon's Temple: with data for M.M.M. 

(both by Chas. A. Conover) 
♦Lessons in Capitular Masonry, C. C. Hunt 
♦Light from the Sanctuary, C. A. Snodgrass 

Mark Degree, B. H. Springett 

Masonic Lectures, A. J. Greenlaw 
♦Master's W r ord (two parts) C. C. Hunt 
♦More Light, W. F. Kuhn 


Mystery of the Fate of the Ark of the Covenant, 

Rev. C. C. Dobson 
Origin of the English Rite, W. J. Hughan 
Origin of the Royal Arch, Rev. G. Oliver 

Proceedings of the Grand Chapter of Canada from 1857 to date 
Royal Arch Masonry, Dr. J. Stokes 
Royal Rite, Wm. Moull 
Second Temple, Rev. W. S, Caldecott 
Sidelights of Fremasonry 

The Keystone The Perfect Ashlar 

Highways and Byways of Freemasonry 

(all four by Rev. J. T. Lawrence) 
Signs and Symbols, Dr. A. Churchward 
Story of the Royal Arch, Wm. Harvey 


Your Committee on Instructions of Grand Superintendents 
and Chapter Officers reports as follows: 

Following the election of Grand [Superintendents, the mem- 
bers of your Committee conducted a programme of instruc- 
tion on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, and the follow- 
ing subjects were dealt with: 

Knowledge of Work Essential — R. Ex. Comp. J. Austin 

Inspection Visits of Grand Superintendents — M. Ex. 
Comp. R. B. Dargavel. i 

Duties of Grand Superintendents — M. Ex. Comp. Llew. 
F. Stephens. 

Responsibility of Grand Superintendent as Member of 
Executive and Grand Chapter — M. Ex. Comp. George L. 

Instruction Programme for Principals — R. Ex. Comp. 
A. H. Monteith. i 

Necessity for and Creation of Committees — R. Ex. 
Comp. J. M. Burden. 

Chapter Committees and Their Duties — M. Ex. Comp. 
Wm. Y. Mills. 

Duties of Scribes E. — M. Ex. [Comp. Edwin (Smith. 

Practical Demonstration of Work — R. Ex. Comp. 
W. ,S. M. Enouy. 

This was the first time that this system of intensive train- 
ing was attempted, and additional work was placed upon the 
Grand Superintendents. Your Committee awaited with inter- 
est the reports from the various districts, which, under exist- 
ing circumstances and difficulties, are most encouraging. A 
brief report is as follows : 


Chapters instructed 94 

First Principals 68 

Second Principals 43 

Third Principals 36 

Scribes E. 49 

Total Companions in attendance, other 

than above 583 

The expenses of your Committee amounted to $127.02, 
itemized as follows : 

Instruction Books and Circulars $53.32 

Expenses of Committee .: — 57.60 

Traveling Expenses 16.10 

Your Committee decided that the above subjects be con- 
tinued, and sufficient Instruction Books have ibeen prepared 
and printed for two years, and recommends that the sum of 
$200.00 be placed in the estimates of Grand Chapter. 

Respectfully submitted, 



It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, seconded 
by R. Comp. A. H. Monteith, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Committee on Instruction be 
received and adopted. 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. A. H. Monteith, K.C.. and— 

Resolved, — "That subsection 10 of Section 122 of the Constitution 
of Grand Chapter be repealed and the following substituted therefor: 

(10) Within sixty days after his installation, he shall hold a 
course of instruction for the Excellent Principals of all the Chapters 
in his district, and if unable to do so, he shall notify the Grand Z. 
who may appoint a competent Companion to instruct such Chapter 
or Chapters." 

Notice of Motion re Regalia 

The Notice of Motion re amendment to Sections 280-283 
and 286 of the Constitution, as submitted by R. Ex. Comp. J. 
Austin Evans, was withdrawn. 

112 grand chapter of canada 

Revision of. Constitution 

It was moved by R. Ex. Camp. J. Austin Evans, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. John Burden, and — 

Resolved, — "That this Grand Chapter request the Grand Z. to ap- 
point a committee to revise the Constitution." 

Thanks to Credential Committee 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, seconded by R. 
Ex. Comp. A. H. Monteith, and — 

Resolved, — "That this Grand Body tender to the Credential Com- 
mittee its thanks for the capable manner in which the Chairman, 
Vice-Chairman and members of the Committee discharged the duties 
allotted to them." 


The Most Excellent the Grand Z., Most Ex. Comp. 
Llewellyn F. Stephens, administered the obligation of Sec- 
recy of the Ballot to the Scrutineers, after which they retired 
to assume their duties. 


Moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. Alex. Sollitt, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. Fred W. Dean, and — 

Resolved, — "That the thanks of the Grand Chapter of Canada be 
tendered to the Companions of the City of Toronto and District for the 
spendid manner in which the arrangements have been carried out for 
the reception and entertainment of the delegates in attendance. 

Thanks to Our Guest Speaker, 
Col. Alexander L. Johnson 

Moved by Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, seconded by R. 
Ex. Comp R. N. McElhinney, and — 

Resolved,— That the thanks of the Grand Chapter of Canada be 
expressed to our Guest iSpeaker, Ex. Comp. Col. Alexander L. Johnson, 
for his interesting address at our Banquet on Wednesday evening, 
April 28th, 1943. 

Grand Chapter "Called Off" at 11.10 o'clock a.m. 

At 11.10 o'clock a.m. Grand Chapter permitted the Com- 
panions to cast their ballot for the elective officers and the 
next place of meeting. 


Grand Chapter was ^Called On" at 11.30 o'clock a.m. 


R. Ex. Comp. Wm. Downing, Chairman, and V. Ex. Comp. 
James Herriot, vice-chairman, presented the results of the 
Elections as follows: — 

Grand Chapter Officers, 1943-1944 

M. Ex. Comp. John Macdonald Burden Grand Z.] 

Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Andrew Herbert Monteith, K.C Grand H. [Grand 

Paris, Ont. fCouncil 

R. Ex. Comp. Lt.-Col. Reginald V. Conover Grand J.| 

Brampton, Ont. J 

M. Ex. Comp. Walter G. Price 4.... Grand Treasurer 

Toronto, 'Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith .>. Grand Scribe E. 

London, Ont. 
M. Ex.Comp. George Lawrence Gardiner Grand Historian 

Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Rev. Joseph Willmott Stewart Grand Chaplain 

Lucknow, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Axel Herbert Knutson >. Grand Scribe N. 

Port Arthur, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Samuel Westcott Grand Principal Sojourner 

Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. John Charles Day _ Grand Registrar 

Toronto, Ont. 

Executive Committee — Elected 

R. Ex. Comp. Ken. Carrie, 

58 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Frederick W. Dean, 

244 Holton Ave., South, Hamilton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. William E. Gowling, 

139 Carling Ave., Ottawa, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert N. McElhinney, 

69 Fuller Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Nostrand M. Sprague, 

Box 16, Trenton, Ont. 


The Eighty-Sixth Annual Convocation will be held in the 
City of London, Ontario, on Wednesday and Thursday, April 
26th and 27th, 1944, commencing- at 10 o'clock in the forenoon, 
as per section 20, of the Constitution. 


Officers Installed and Invested 

Most Ex. Camps. W. Y. Mills, R. B. Dargavel, George L. 
Gardiner and R. Ex. Co>mp. Frank G. McLean installed and 
invested the newly elected officers of Grand Chapter, includ- 
ing the Grand Superintendents of the Several Districts, and 
they were proclaimed and saluted according to ancient 

Thanks to Scrutineers 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, seconded by R. 
Ex. Comp. A. H. Monteith, K.C., and — 

Resolved, — "That the thanks of this Grand Chapter be tendered to 
the Chairman, Vice-iChairman and other Companions who acted as 
Scrutineers, for the services rendered in the election of the Officers of 
Grand Chapter." 

Grand Z.'s Testimonial 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. A. H. Monteith, seconded by R. 
Ex. Comp. Oliver Elwood, and — 

Resolved, — That a Committee, consisting .of the Grand Z. elect, the 
Grand Treasurer, and the Grand Scribe E., be appointed to arrange a 
testimonial for Most Ex. Comp. Llewellyn F. Stephens. 

Thanks to Installing Board 

. Moved by R. Ex. Comp. T. S. Westcott, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. John C. Day, and — 

Resolved, — "That the thanks of this Grand Chapter be tendered to 
Most Excellent Companions William Y. Mills, Geo. L. Gardiner, R. B. 
Dargavel, R. Ex. Comp. F. McLean and the D. of C. V. Ex. Comp. 
Harold Perkins, who had charge of the Installation Ceremony, for the 
able manner in which the Ceremony has been performed. 

Appointment to iOffice 

The following appointments have been made by Most 
Ex. Comp. John M. Burden: — 

Executive Committee — Appointed 

R. Ex. Comp. Major Alex. O. N. Bradshaw, 

655 Waterloo St., London, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Ed. H. Brennan, 

Wigle Block, Leamington, Ont. 


R. Ex. Comp. Ck Alex Sollitt, 

243 London St., Peterborough, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Chas. H. $heppard, 

1896 Delaware Ave., Niagara Falls, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. James W. Woodland, 

88 Moore Ave., Toronto, Ont. 


R. Ex. Comp. Wm. S. M. Enouy Grand Lecturer 

512 Brunswick Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Rev. Wm. George O. Thompson Asst. Grand Chaplain 

Georgetown, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Edwin Alcott Tilley, K.C Grand Senior Sojourner 

29 Jane St. North Bay, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Clarence Reginald Spencer Grand Junior Sojourner 

Bowmansville, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Samuel Henry Green Grand Sword Bearer 

43 Prospect Ave. Port Arthur, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Robert John Deacon Grand Master 4th Veil 

21 Edward St., Hamilton, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. James Loggie Grand Master 3rd Veil. 

Box 116, Dunnville, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. John Beattie Grand Master 2nd. Veil. 

Box 590, Timmins, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Edward Valentine MacCormack .... Grand Master 1st Veil. 
Georgetown, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Joseph Edgar Bateman Grand Standard Bearer. 

225 Ann St, Belleville, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Henry Theodore Scott, D.D.S Grand Director of 

Box 178, Camibellford, Ont. .... Ceremonies 

V. Ex. Comp. Charles Harvey McQuarrie, Asst. Grand Director of 

57 Macdonald Ave., Mimico, Ont. Ceremonies. 
V. Ex. Comp. John Algerson George Grand Organist 

Box 122, Port Elgin, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. John McNeice Grand Pursuivant 

R.R. No. 3, Dundas, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. John Hillis Knowles Grand Steward 

Box 683, Aurora, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Deacon Chapman, Grand Steward 

Byron, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. John Douglas Smith „ Grand Steward 

St. George, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Carl E. Windrim Grand Steward 

310 Wellington St., Brantford. Ont, 
V. Ex. Comp. Thomas William Fereday Grand Steward 

Brampton, Ont. 



V. Ex. Comp. Arthur Isaac Cohen Grand Steward. 

85 Marchmount Road, Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Lemuel John Laver Grand Steward. 

9 Bradford St., Barrie, Ont. 
V. Ex Comp. Charles Henry George Baker Grand Steward. 

144 William St., Brockville, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. James Farmer Grant Grand Steward 

176 Beckwith St., Smith Falls, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Edwin Hackett Grand Steward. 

1128 Wallace St., Wallaceburg, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. George William Wright ....Grand Steward 

248 Dufferin St., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. William Ward Swindell Grand Steward 

83 Grove St., Guelph, Ont. 
Ex. Comp. Walter Hodge Grand Outer Guard 

463 Dorinda St., London, Ont. 

The labours of the Annual Convo- 
cation being ended, Grand Chapter 
was closed in due form at 1.10 p.m., 
Toronto, Ontario, Thursday, April 
29th, 1943. 

Grand Scribe E. 


On Tuesday evening, April 27th, 1943, the Grand Z. 
Most. Ex. Comp. Llewellyn F. Stephens joined with his 
Executive in attending a "Dinner" to his honoured guests, 
and delegates. 

During the Convocation, many messages were conveyed to 
the Grand Chapter of Canada by the visiting Companions. 


R. E. Comp. Andrew H. Monteith, K.C. 
Box 604, Paris, Ont. 

Grand H. 


M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, Grand Z., 1943. 

544 Confederation Life Building, Toronto, Ont. 


M. Ex. Comp. Walter H. Davis, Grand Z., 1924-1925. 

241 Queens St. South, Hamilton, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, Grand Z., 1928-1929. 

582 Dufferin Ave. London. Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Walter G. Price, D.D.S., Grand Z., 1930-1931. 

67 Carlton St. Toronto, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner, Grand Z., 1935-1936. 

4 Dunloe Road, Toronto, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Wiliam Y. Mills, Grand Z., 1937-1938. 

126 Princess St, Kingston, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Llewellyn F. Stephens, K.C., Grand Z., 1939-1940-1942. 

52 Markland St, Hamilton, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Harry H. Watson, Hon. Grand Z., 1909. 

692 Seymour St, Vancouver, B. C. 
M. Ex. Comp. Roderick B. Dargavel, Hon. Grand Z., 1941. 

234 Evelyn Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Lt. Col., R. V. Conover, Grand J. 

Box 802, Brampton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Axel H. Knutson, Grand Slcribe N. 

Port Arthur, Ont. 

Executive Committee — Honourary 

R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Ellwood, 

137 John St., London, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Archie D. Maclntyre, 

c/o Bank of Montreal (King and Bathurst St.), Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Frank G. McLean, 

247 Garden Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

(Members of Executive by virtue of office) 

M. Ex. Comp. Roderick B. Dargavel, 

234 Evelyn Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. George W. Slack, 

40 Fermanagh Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. D.^C. Patmore, 

Orillia, Ont. 

Executive Committee — Elected 

R. Ex. Comp. Ken. Carrie, 

58 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Frederick W. Dean, 

244 Holton Ave, South, Hamilton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Camp. William E. Gowling, 

139 Carling Ave, Ottawa, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert N. McElhinney, 

69 Fuller Ave, Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Nostrand M. Sprague, 

Box 16, Trenton, Ont. 

118 grand chapter of canada 

Executive Committee — Appointed 

R. Ex. Comp. Major Alex. G. N. Bradshaw, 

655 Waterloo St, London, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Ed. H. Brennan, 

Wigle Block, Leamington, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. C. Alex. Sollitt, 

243 London St., Peterborough, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Chas. H. Sheppard, 

1896 Delaware Ave, Niagara Falls, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. James W. Woodland, 

88 Moore Ave, Toronto, Ont. 

Grand Superintendents. 

(Members of Executive by Virtue of Office) 

R. Ex. Comp. Peter Milne "... - St. Clair District No. 1 

1381 Halls Ave., Windsor, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Harry Jamieson Hart, M.D - London " 2 

Box 453, Aylmer, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Clifford 0. Hurst - - Wilson " " 3 

401 College Ave., Simcoe, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Arnold Ritchey Smith Wellington " " 4 

Palmerston, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Thomas James Hicks .Hamilton " " 5 

Caledonia, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. William Stanley Hall Huron " " 6 

Box 235, Wingham, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. John Gavin Frame ~ Niagara " " 7 

10 Highland Gardens, Welland, Ont. 

Rj Ex. Comp. W T illiam Gibson Currie - Toronto " 8 

342Roselawn Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. W. H. C. McEachren -...Toronto West " " 8a 

80 Royal York Road South, Toronto 9, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Henry Alexander McGowan Georgian " 9 

316 Second St., Midland, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Ernest Joseph Hayes Ontario " u 10 

Cannington, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. George Watson Prince Edward " '11 

R.R. No. 2, Harold P.O., Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp.Alexander Mitchell > ..St. Lawrence " " 12 

25 Augustus (St., Cornwall, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Fergus Archie McDiarmid _...._ Ottawa " ** 13 

357 Waverly St., Ottawa, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. John William Walker Algoma " " 14 

Fort Frances, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Claude Basil Deeks New Ontario " " 15 

11 First Ave., Coniston, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Joseph Penman Temiskaming u " 16 

New Liskeard, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Fred Clarke „ _ _ Yukon " " 17 

Box 285, Dawson, Y.T. 


Grand Z.'s Address and Advisory Committee 

M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner (Chairman), M. Ex. Comps. 
Walter H. Davis, Edwin Smith, Walter G. Price, Wm. Y. Mills, 
Llewellyn F. Stephens, Harry H. Watson, and R. B. Dargavel. 


M. Ex. Comp. Rod. B. k Dargavel (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. George 
W. Slack and D. C. Patmore. 


R. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean (Chairman), R. Ex. Comp. J. W. Wood- 
land (Vice Chairman). 


R. Ex. Comp. Wm. E. Gowling (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. R. N. 
McElhinney, A. R. Smith, C. 0. Hurst, J. G. Frame. 

Printing and Supplies 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Sheppard (Chairman), and M. Ex. Comp. 
Edwin Smith. 


R. Ex. Comp. Ken Carrie (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. C. Alex Sollitt, 
Fred W. Deanv Nostrand M. Sprague, Grand Z., Grand H., and Grand J. 


R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Ellwood (Chairman), Grand Z., Grand H., 
Grand J.; R. Ex. Comp. A. D. Madntyre, Chairman of Finance, Grand 
Treasurer and Grand Scribe E. 

Grievance and Appeals 

M. Ex. Comp. Rod. B. Dargavel (Chairman), R. Ex. Comp. Ed. H. 
Brennan Axel H. Knutson, W. H. C. McEachern, Joseph Penman. 

Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence 

M. Ex. Comp. Lew. F. Stephens (Chairman), R. Ex. (Comps. H. J. 
Hart, H. A. McGowan, F. A. McDiarmid, J. W. Walker and C. B. Deeks. 

Conditions of Capitular Masonry 

R. Ex. Comp. Frank G. McLean (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. T. J. 
Hicks, W. A. Currie, E. J. Hayes, George Watson and Fred Clarke. 

Fraternal Dead 

R. Ex. Comp. Alex iG. N. Bradshaw (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. 
Peter iMilne, W. S. Hall and A. Mitchell. 

Fraternal Correspondence 
M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner. 

Mileage and Per Diem 
R. Ex. Comp. A. D. Madntyre (Chairman). 




R. Ex. Comp. J. Austin Evans (Chairman), R. Ex. Comp. A. F. 
Tannahill; Ex. Comp. Wm. J. Dunlop, Grand Z., Grand H., Grand J. 
and Grand Scribe E. 


M. Ex. Comp. Hew F. iStephens (Chairman), Grand Z., Past Grand 
Z.'s, Grand H., Grand J., Chairman of Educational and Grand Lecturer. 


R. Ex. Comp. Wm. Downing (Chairman), and V. Ex. Comp. James 
Herriott ( Vice-Chairman ). 

list of chapters— by districts 


Grand Superintendent' — R. Ex. Comp. Peter Milne. 
1381 Halls Ave., Windsor, Ont. 


47. Wellington... Chatham 

71. Prince of Wales Amherstburg 

73. Erie, Ridgetown 

80. Ark.__ Windsor 

88. MacNabb Dresden 


119. King Cyrus Leamington 

153. Sombra Wallaceburg 

164. Lome West Lome 

239. Blenheim Blenheim 

250. Thomas Peters Windsor 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Harry Jamieson Hart, M.D., 
Box 453, Aylmer, Ont. 


3. St. John's London 

5. St. George's London 

1 5. Wawanosh Sarnia 

53. Bruce Petrolia 

54. Palestine St. Thomas 

74. Beaver._ Strathroy 

78. Minnewawa.- Parkhill 

No - A 1 

81. Avlmer Aylmer 

150. London London 

214. Vimy Inwood 

238. The St. Andrew London 

242. St. Paul's Lambeth 

247. Nilestown._ Nilestown 

252. Hiawatha Sarnia 


Grand Superintendent' — R. Ex. Comp. Clifford O. Hurst, 
401 College St., Toronto, Ont. 


18. Oxford 

20. Mount Horeb 

23. Ezra 



41. Harris Ingersoll 

1 15. Brant... Paris 

253. Regal _ Port Dover 




Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Arnold Ritchey Smith, 
Palmerston, Ont. 


32. Waterloo Gait 

40. Guelph Guelph 

67. Enterprise Palmerston 

83. Ionic Orangeville 

1 17. Kitchener Kitchener 


218. Prince Edward Shelburne 

221. Durham™ Durham 

234. Halton. Georgetown 

245. Preston Preston 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Thomas James Hicks, 
Caledonia, Ont. 


2. The Hiram __ Hamilton 

6. St. John's.- Hamilton 

75. St. Clair. Milton 

104. White Oak. Oakville 

155. Ancaster Ancaster 


175. The Hamilton. Hamilton 

224. Keystone.- Hamilton 

236. Caledonia Caledonia 

243. McKay Stoney Creek 


Grand Superintendent' — R. Ex. Comp. William Stanley Hall, 
Box 235, Wingham, Ont. 


24. Tecumseh Stratford 

30. Huron.- Goderich 

46. St. James St. Marys 

63. Havelock. Kincardine 

66. The Malloch Seaforth 

84. Lebanon Wingham 

129. Elliot Mitchell 

130. Chantry Southampton 

146. Bernard Listowel 

147. Lucknow Lucknow 


Grand Superintendent' — R. Ex. Comp. John Gavin Frame, 
10 Highland Gardens, Welland, Ont. 


19. Mt. Moriah St. Catharines 

29. McCallum Dunnville 

55. Niagara Niagara 

57. King Hiram Pt. Colborne 

64. Willson. Welland 




Grimsby Grimsby 

Mount Nebo Niagara Falls 

Hugh Murray Fort Erie North 

Smithville Smithville 









Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. William Gibson Currie, 
342 Roselawn Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

St. Andrew and St. John _ 


King Solomon's Toronto 

York.- Toronto 

St. Paul's Toronto 

Orient Toronto 

Succoth Uxbridge 


145. The St. Patrick Toronto 

163. The Beaches Toronto 

205. Victoria Thornhill 

217. St. Alban's. Toronto 

225. Beaver Toronto 

235. Aurora Aurora 

241. University Toronto 




Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Wellington Herbert Carleton McEachern, 
80 Roval York Road South, Toronto 9, Ont. 


77. Occident Toronto 

91. Antiquity Toronto 

138. Shekinah Toronto 

185. Toronto Toronto 

195. Peel._ Brampton 

212. Mount Sinai. Toronto 

215. Mimico Mimico 


219. Ulster. Toronto 

220. Lebanon Lambton Mills 

230. Port Credit Port Credit 

231. St. Clair._ Toronto 

232. King Cyrus Toronto 

233. Oakwood Toronto 

246. Humber.__ Weston 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Henry Alexandra McGowan, 
316 Second Street, Midland, Ont. 


27. Manitou Collingwood 

34. Signet Barrie 

56. Georgian...- Owen Sound 


131. Amabel Wiarton 

167. Kichikewana Midland 

198. Couchiching Orillia 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Ernest Joseph Hayes, 
Cannington, Ont. 


28. Pentalpha Oshawa 

35. Keystone _ Whitby 

36. Corinthian Peterboro 

37. Victoria Port Hope 

45. Excelsior Colborne 

48. St. John's Cobourg 


94. Midland Lindsay 

1 10. Warkworth Warkworth 

134. King Darius Cannington 

168. Ionic... Campbellford 

249. Palestine Bowmanville 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. George Watson, 
R.R. No. 2, Harold P.O., Ont. 


7. The Moira Belleville 

26. St. Mark's Trenton 

31. Prince Edward Picton 

44. Mount Sinai Napanee 


72. Keystone Stirling 

144. Presque' He Brighton 

161. Madoc _ Madoc 

227. Quinte Friendship Belleville 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Alexander Mitchell, 
25 Augustus St., Cornwall, Ont. 


1. Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui 

22. Grenville Prescott 

59. Sussex-St. Lawrence Brockville 


68. Maitland South Augusta 

112. St. John's. Morrisburg 

113. Covenant Cornwall 

132. Leeds Gananoque 




Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Fergus Archie McDiarmid, 
357 Waverly St., Ottawa, Ont. 


16. Carleton Ottawa 

61. Granite Almonte 

114. Bonnechere. Renfrew 

116. Maple. Carleton Place 

133. St. Francis Smiths Falls 

143. Glengarry Maxville 


148. wSt. John's Vankleek Hill 

151. Laurentian Pembroke 

210. Kitchener Russell 

222. Ottawa Ottawa 

226. Prince of Wales.- Perth 

248. Dochert Arnprior 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. John William Walker, 
Fort Frances, Ont. 


82. Shuniah-- Port Arthur 

90. Golden Kenora 

140. Ft. William™ Ft. William 


149. Atwood Rainy River 

152. Alberton Ft. Frances 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Claude Basil Deeks, 
11 First Ave., Corniston, Ont. 


58. Pembroke. Mattawa 

95. Tuscan ^ Sudbury 


102. Algonquin Sault Ste. Marie 

103. St. John's North Bay 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Joseph Penman, 

New Liskeard, Ont. 


169. Temiskaming New Liskeard 

203. Cobalt Cobalt 

213. Northern Lights Timmins 


223. Abitibi Iroquois Falls 

251. Kirkland Kirkland Lake 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Fred Clarke, 
Box 285, Dawson, Y.T. 

No. 154. Klondike Dawson, Y.T 





Name of Chapter 

Where Held 

Regular Convocation 


Ancient Frontenac and 

Third Friday 


The Hiram 

Fourth Friday ^ 


St. John's 

Fourth Wednesday 


St. Andrew and St. John . . . 

Third Friday 


Fourth Friday 


St. John's 

Second Thursday 


The Moira 


First Tuesday 


King Solomon's 

Fourth Thursday 





Third Wednesday 



Third Friday 


Mt. Moriah 

St. Catharines 

Second Friday 


Mt. Horeb 

First Friday 



Ezra ' 

Third Thursday 


Fourth Friday 


St. Mark's 

Third Tuesday 


Fourth Friday 




First Tuesday 


Third Monday 


Third Tuesday 





Third Thursday 


Second Tuesday 




Whitby . 

Second Friday 


Fourth Wednesday 


Second Friday 



Second Friday 





Mt. Sinai 

Third Wednesday 







St. Thomas 






Thini Tuesday 


Port Colborne 


Third Tuesday 


Sussex-St. Lawrence 





Toronto. , 


Third Friday 



St. Paul's 



Second Wednesday 


The Malloch 




Third Thursdav 



Prince of Wales 







St. Clair 

Third Thursday 


Mount Nebo 

Third Friday 










First Thursday 



Third Wednesday 


First Tuesday 




First Principal Z. 
for the Year 1943 

Scribe E. 
for the Year 1943 

J. Winney 

James Baird 

Wm. E. Bradt 

Thos. E. Peck 

J. A. Simms 

W. W. Knight 

E. C. Wood 

W. Reg. Shaw 

Alfred McLocklin. . . 

L. F. Crothers 

G. K. Mansell 

Thos. Finch 

A.J. W. Shermon . . 

E. A. Irwin 

W. H. Richardson. . 
W. N. Trowsdale.... 

J. A. Pow 

R. H. Davidson. . . . 

W. L. Pierson 

Newton B. Brown. . 

Ogle L. Miller 

Chas. E. Goodwin. . 

Thos. Forrester 

G. O. Smith 

Wm. Davidson 

W. D. Taylor 

W. B. Reynolds 

H. C. McWilliams.. 

Alfred Hillary 

G. C. Faulkner 

A. J. Dance 

N. U. Johnston 

J. E. Barbour 

W. G. Wenn 

W. T. Pauling 

John Gibb 

J. B. Hostetter 

Chas. Fotheringham 
A. W. Smithson .... 

R. I. Torfie 

Harry Acton 

G. L. Comba 

A. W. Sandoz 

W. M. McGaw 

L. R. Brennan 

M. S. Burger 

M. A. Reid 

J. H. Weppler 

Geo. W. Davis 

C. W. Lewis 

Wm. Spooner 

W. H. Rollins 

John J. McDonald. . 

Gordon Young 

John Bell 

J. E. Brant 

J. E. Jenkins 

K. P. McKenzie .... 

L . L. Querie 

Thos. W. Appleby . . 

Grover Williams 

J. M. Clarke 

I. Bowen 

F. N.Clark 

J. H. Forbes 

Jas. A. Elgie 

Robert J. Gray 

Harry E.Abell 

J. A. Spittle 

Carl D. Crosby 

S. J. Tinker 

W. W. Simpson 

H. P. Moulton. 

R. D. McKenzie 

A. E. Coombs 

R. W. E. McFadden. 

E. A. Cook 

Wm. F. Tyrrell 

John Stevenson 

N. M . Sprague 

W. V. Foreman 

N. W. Purdy 

D. R. Murphy 

F. R. Darrow 

W. A. Davis 

James Ritchie 

H. J. Lougheed 

Robt. McNee 

A. S. Couper 

Harvey Mitchell 

R. M. Finlay.. 

Lyle L. Mansfield 

Ernest J. Walters 

W. R. Baxter 

J. W. Durr 

L. H. Veale 

J. G. McNab 

Robt. M. Story 

K. S. Woodward 

Chas. A. Hall 

Geo. E. Atkey 

C. F. Rogers 

H. H. Setts 

Wm. Root 

E. J. Lee 

Geo. E. Rennie 

R. J. Kincaid 

J. E. Middleton 

H. G. Robb 

K. M. McLean 

J. Fred Edwards 

R. Cavanagh 

C. W. F. Carpenter.. 

W. R. Bricker 

Thos. W. Solmes 

Thos. E. Armstrong . 

W. G. Mac Vicar 

W. F. Barnard 

John R. Weare 

Jas. T. Gilchrist 

B. Boosenberg 

W. E. Seeker 

Godfrey Gale 

H. L. Stratton 

A. P. Freed 

A. G. McGillivray.. . 
















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Name of Chapter 








St John's 

White Oak 


St. John's 






King Cyrus 





St. Francis 

King Darius 



Fort William 


Presqu' He 

The St. Patrick . 



St. John's 









The Beaches 


Kichikewana . . . 


Temiskaming. . . 
The Hamilton.. 
Hugh Murray . . . 

The Toronto 






Mt. Sinai 

Northern Lights 



St. Alban's 

Prince Edward. . 




Where Held 







Sault Ste. Marie 

North Bay 







Carleton Place . . 




Southampton . . . 



Smiths Falls . . . 



Fort William..., 






Rainy River 



Fort Frances 
Dawson, Y.T... 


Madoc , 

Toronto , 

West Lome 


Campbellford . . . 
New Liskeard . . . 


Fort Erie North 

Toronto , 

Brampton , 

Orillia , 


Thomhill , 





Mimico , 

Toronto , 

Shelburne , 


Lambton Mills. 

Regular Convocation 

Third Tuesday 

Fourth Tuesday 

Fourth Wednesday 

Fourth Wednesday 

Third Thursday 

Second Tuesday 

First Friday 

First Monday 

Third Wednesday 

Monday after 1st Wedn'day 

Third Friday 

Third Wednesday 

Third Monday 

Third Monday 

First Wednesday 

First Friday 

Plrst Wednesday 

First Tuesday 

First Tuesday 

Last Tuesday 

First Thursday 

Third Friday 

Third Wednesday 

Second Thursday 

Second Tuesday 

First Friday 

Fourth Friday 

Fourth Tuesday 

Third Saturday 

Friday after F.M 

Second Tuesday 

First Friday 

Third Thursday 

Third Tuesday 

Third Thursday 

Second Tuesday 

First Monday 

Third Thursday 

Third Tuesday 

Fourth Monday 

First Monday 

Third Friday 

Fourth Friday 

Third Monday 

First Wednesday 

Third Tuesday 

Second Tuesday 

Third Monday 

First Tuesday 

Second Friday 

Third Tuesday 

First Wednesday 

First Friday 

First Tuesday 

Third Wednesday 

Second Monday 

First Wednesday 

Fourth Friday 

Third Friday 

Second Tuesday 

Third Wednesday 

Third Monday 






First Principal Z. 
for the Year 1943 

Scribe E. 
for the Year 1943 







































W. A. Crawford 

S. Hanks 

Harry F. McGee 







































































































































































R. M. Sanderson 











S. Biggs 

J. D. Hustin 

P. A. Coates 

Geo. Lee 

J. G. Maroosis 

J. G. Hadden 

J. E. Edgar 

G. F. Barkley 

G. B. Stidwell 

H. Hinchley 

L. W. Brockbank 

H. E. Menzies 

Geo. H. Carthy 

Geo. F. Marsh 

Keith Taylor 



C. L. Davidson 

W. H. Bain 




L. E. Edmonds 

B. F. Nott 



Reg. M. Smith 

0. B. Phillips 



Will C. Davy 













J. P. Morrison 



H. J. Broughton 

M. W. Rogers. . . 



W. Roy Cooper 

Ed. H. Brennan 

Fred Porterfield 

R. B. Hillmer. . . 






M. W. Brown 


Gordon G. Sinclair 

N. R. Gardner... 

S. E. Foster 






Wilber Clow 



John W. Forde 

Wm. Tummonds 

Matthew Veitch 

A. W. Cook 

F. Ryder 

R. A. Stewart 

G. F. Solomon 

Art. Chandler 

J. L. Campbell 

T. J. Salkeld 

K. M. McKenzie 

A. E. Smith 

T. Bearchill 

E. R. Molsen 

J. A. Cumming 

R. W. Greenwood 

C. H. Chapman 

Wooley, Joseph 

E. S. Nayler 

T. J. Mason 

H. J. Turner 

F. Gendron 

R. A. Connor 

F. S. McDonald 

S. R. Belf rey 





Walter Tunstell 

James Reidf ord 

Oliver Coles 







J. Walter Smillie 

V. Coulter 













W. R. Ledger 



Percy Fatum 


J. A. C. McDonald 













A. E. Selwey 


C. W. Fraser 
























D. F. Johnson 


Geo. H. Capell 



. 1 






S. Embury 






J. G. Gray 




B. J. Brownell 











G. E. McKelvie 

J. R. Fulkerson 

F. Spittler 

Wm. McCormick 

O. F. Walker 

J. M. Johnson 

E. L. Tomney 

G. J. Hall 

J. A. Gamble 

H. Ginsberg 

R. V: Neily 

Robert Luke 

J. H. Brown 


Sam Vila 



John A. Bell 




R. W. Hall, Jr 


H. R. Maynard 

W. H. Smith 



T. R. Johnstone 

A. Walker 




Max Cooper 



H. W. Brown 




F. W. Smith 


Carl Roberts 








D. D. Prentis 

J. W. Firth 

C. H. Kesteven 

E. J. Culham 

Thos. Henderson 

J. A. Mackie 



T. I. Edwards 


R. A. Boddy 









W. M. Creech 

H. C. McKechnie 








Name of Chapter 

Where Held 

Regular Convocation 






Prince of Wales 



Third Thursday 




Port Credit 

Port Credit 

Third Thursday 


The St. Clair 


King Cyrus 

Third Tuesday 


Third Thursday 


Third Friday 


Third Friday 


Fourth Thursday 


The St. Andrew 


Second Wednesday 



Second Monday after F.M. . 



St. Paul's 





Third Friday 


Third Thursday 





Second Wednesday 







Port Dover 

Second Wednesday 









First Principal Z. 
for the Year 1943 

Scribe E. 
for the Year 1943 

<u : 






























*=* to 













C. M. Pitts 

F. J. Bean 

Reg. A. Jupp 

J. J. Cairns 

L. V. Wood 

W. P. Youdale 

I. N. Tompkins 

C. Duckworth 

W. Steggles 

W. Parkinson 

E. Y. L. Arnold 

A. M. Graham 

A. Emerson 

R. Hatton 

C. D. Fleming 

Frank Hayes 

E. Pickles 










































J. S. Drysdale 






Chris. M. Forbes 

W. M. Barlow 





W. A. Maxwell 

Leslie J. Colling 

E. W. Hazard 











F. R. UnderhiU 

A. T. Lang 





A. V. Sedgwick 

G. C. Rutherford 

C. A. Merritt 






N. W. J. Haydon 

G. U. Howell..... 







H. G. Parratt 

W. K. Graham 

B. C. Mason 

H. N. GUbert 

J. A. Armstrong 

A. Holt 

J. H. Murray 

J. G. McMillan 

C. M. Richardson . . . 
A. McKnight 

W. M. Clark 


H. L. Clare 


W. B. Hellmer 









A. S. McLaren 

L. W. Dippell 

M. W. Honeyman 

W. J. Kilgour 









R. A. Bond 




W. A. Ferguson 













"Numerous enquiries have been made appertaining: to the 
purchase of Regalia and Jewels, and upon investigation I find 
that 'Orders in Council' have prohibited the use of metal for 
the manufacturing of 'Pennies or Jewels of any nature.' Re- 
galia of all kinds is at present obtainable only to the extent 
of supplies on hand. Companions' Aprons with sashes will 
be available for about two years, after which Grand Chapter 
will modify the requirements for the duration." 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

Grand Scribe E. 


No. 2. James Dixon, Herbert F. Fuller, John G. Gibson, Alex. S. 

Grant, A. S. Greenwell, John T. Hilton, John H. Rule, 

W. H. Steel, Charles Wilson. 
No. 3. Stephen John Dawson, Henry Hare, William Bailey Knott, 

George James Ram, Charlie Frederick Stevens, Stephen 

No. 4. Clifford Dakley, Charles A. Tierney, Roy C. Wilson. 
No. 5. George Henry Truce, Charles E. McMehan, Arthur Wilka, 

George E 1 . Tudor, William J. Thompson, William G. Gay, 

Arthur Raine, George Cook. 
No. 8. Arthur James Smith. 
No. 15. Harry F. Beresford, Lewis E. Fiddes, Fred Bentley, A. Lick- 

orish, Norman J. Glynn, Chas. E. Hill, Alex Adams, George 

Coulter, Lome Duncan, Jas. Harry Campbell, James Bond, 

Joseph Leland Mills, John Farquhar, James Allen Mac- 
William John Allen. 
Cyril Gurley Luke. 
J. R. Varcoe. 
Robt. John Barnt, Thos. Victor Tweed, Sidney Wasley, Stewart 

Hunter McCannell, William Ewart Lumb. 
Fred Harold Ostrander. 
Gordon Edwood Petrie, John Fleming. 
George Fowler, William T. Hackett, David Wright Matheson, 

Aldis 0. Richmond, Edwin Arnoldi Shaunessy. 
No. 61. Wallace M. Johnson, Donald M. Campbell, William Harold 

No. 63. Robertson McEwen, Russell W. Kirkconnell, Andrew W. Kirk- 

connell, William Vernon Tovell, Gordon W. Ottman, Robert 

Wilson, Lloyd McDonald, Clarence H. Blackwell. 
No. 74. Milton Snelgrove. 
No. 77. Peter Russell Bonner, George Albert Benton, William Haines, 

William House, Lewis Hodkinson, Charles Isard, Ernest 

Isaac Jolly, Albert Henry Carrett, Walter Ferris,, Gordon 

Marks, Bernard Diver Proctor, Eric G. Ratcliffe, James 

Sinton, Thomas H. Wilson, Lenord Kempster Smith, Ernest 

O. Scrnither. 
No. 79. Lewis William Judges. 
No. *8G. Thos. W. Clarke, James Lewis, Wm. H. Reppen, R. Ruppman, 

Chas. W. Shortman. 
No. 81. William R. Paterson, Kenneth Harris, William Gordon 

No. 82. Chas. E. Colvin, Harold Lovelady, Charles Nelson, Arthur 

Richardson, Frank Tucker, Arthur M. Woodside. 
No. 83. William Fraser Rutledge Stubbs, Thomas H. Bracken, Thomas 

White Maxwell, John Marshall Lyon. 
No. 84. Harold F. Drummond. 
No. 112. Robt. Arnold Ball, Cecil Reginald Hunter, Arthur William 

Storey, George W. Perkins. 
No. 115. Geo. H. Williams. 
No. 119. W. C. Wheaton, W. E. Selkirk, Wilfred Lamarsh. 

















No. 131. 

No. 133. 
No. 140. 
No. 144. 
No. 154. 

No. 155. 
No. 161. 
No. 163. 
No. 167. 

No. 168. 

No. 185. 
No. 198. 
No. 215. 
No. 217. 
No. 223. 

No. 224. 
No. 226. 

No. 227. 
No. 231. 
No. 232. 
No. 233. 
No. 235. 
No. 241. 
No. 246. 
No. 249. 
No. 250. 

David J. Byers, George Hummell, John Rennie Hamilton, 
Darwin R. Challenger. 

Herbert G. Robertson. 

Ruggles H. Mullin, James Taylor, James W. Wells. 

Harry Serrett, Keith Roblin. 

Joseph R. Wynne, Harry Grey Menzies, Duncan Roderick 

James William Stenhouse. 

Harry Smith, E. L. Landry, George Pollard. 

Edward Alex Fobert, Louis E. Harris. 

Stanley Albert Cade, Wm. A. Gill, Fred Martin, Hubert B. 
Spooner, J. J. Holly Taylor. 

Harry Toman, H. F. Matheson, J. F. McMullen, R, J. Mc- 
Outcheon, Claire Price, Wm. Anderson, W. H. Roche, Nel- 
son William, F. J. Watson, Jas. Wilde, Rae William, Arthur 
Matheson, Geo. Warren, F. C. Butters, Wm. Page, P. Pin- 
comlbe, J. R. Beatty, G. H. Gardner. 

A. A. S. Wilkins, Earle Gaukel. 

Wentworth A. Smith, Louis F. Mould. 

N. L. Good. 

Ernest Hocking, Campell Mitchell Davison, Joseph Shields. 

Archibald Alexander Howard, John William Reavley, James 

J. W. Hinton. 

Joseph Robenstein, John A. Hope, Roy E. Cavanagh, Murdoch 
C. Mackinnon, Ernest Rogers. 

Arthur Lisle Booth, Harry McKay, Arthur Pratt. 

Alexander Hendry, Harry E. McMullen, Frank Davis. 

Peter R. Rankin. 

Bernard W. Smith, George J. G. Brown. 

Arthur G. Condie, Frederick Ernest Richardson. 

Thos. L. May. 

James Henry Pack, John Olsen. 

Gavin Alexander Edmonstone, William Ernest Davidson. 

Harry Hillis, John Patterson, Harry Scholey. 



No. 2. A. Claude Young. 

No. 5. Marshall Thomas, Jay Carlton Dance, Douglas J. Wood. 

No. 20. Edward Tygne Sterne. 

No. 23. Arthur Austin. 

No. 40. Gordon H. Morrell. 

No. 45. J. Fred Wolfraim. 

No. 59. Thos. Parker, Benjamin Ferguson. 

No. 148. Geo. C. McFarlane. 

No. 149. Randall G. Groome, Carl Hjalman Anderson, William Mc- 

Innis, Allan John McKenzie, Victor R. Park. 

No. 150. W. E. Wilmer. 

No. 161. Percy Downey. 

No. 169. James McKay Hendry. 

No. 215. Geo. Shepherd. 

No. 238. Ernest Albert Smith. 




T. N. Clark, 173 Macdonnell St., Kingston, Ont. 

J. Herbert Forbes, 426 Dumdum St. S,, Hamilton, Ont. 

Jas. A. Elgie, 907 Lome Ave., London, Ont. 

Root. J. Gray, 142 Essex St., Toronto, Ont 

Harry E. Abell, 34 Evergreen Ave., London, Ont. 

J. A. Spittle, 58 Arnold St., Hamilton, Ont. 

Carl D.' Crosby, 247 Albert St., Belleville, Ont. 

Stanley G. Tinker, 75 Kingsmount Fk. Rd., Toronto, Ont. 

W. W. Simpson, c/o City Hall, Sarnia, Ont. 

Hazen P. Mculton, 38 Gwynne Ave, Ottawa, Ont. 

R. D. McKenzie, 41 Wellington St. S., Woodstock, Ont. 

A. E. Coombs, 197 Church St., St. Catharines, Ont. 

R. W. E. McFadden, 4 Hart St„ Brantford, Ont. 

E. A. Cook, Prescott, Ont. 
Wm. F. Tyrrell, 240 Brock St., Simcoe, Ont. 
John Stevenson, 72 Ontario St., Stratford, Ont. 
N. M. Siprague, Box 16, Trenton, Ont. 
W. V. Foreman, Box 270, Collingwood, Ont. 
N. W. Purdy, 386 King St. W., Oshawa, Ont. 

D. R. Murphy, Box 355, Dunnville, Ont. 

F. R. Darrow, Box 277, Goderich, Ont. 
W. A. Davis, Box 585, Ficton, Ont. 
James Ritchie, 16 Middleton St., Gait, Ont. 
H. J. Lougheed, 123 Burton Ave., Barrie, Ont. 
Robert McNee, Box 211, Whitby, Ont. 
A* S. Couper, 247 Engleburn Ave., Petertooro, Ont. 
Harry Mitchell, Box 517, Port Hope, Ont. 
R. M. Finlay, 42 Central St., Guelph, Ont. 
Lyle L. Mansfield, 178 Frances St., Ingersoli, Ont. 
Ernest J. Walters, Box 224, Napanee, Ont. 
W. R. Baxter, King St., Colborne, Ont. 
J. W. Durr, St. Marys, Ont. 
L. H. Veale, 175 Thames St., Chatham, Ont. 
J. G. McNab, 184 Blake St., Cobourg, Ont. 
Robert M. Story, Petrolia, Ont. 
K. S. Woodward, 45 Redan St., St. Thomas, Ont. 
Chas. A. Hall, Box 167, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. 
Geo. E. Atkey, 254-6th St. E., Owen Sound, Ont. 
C. F. Rogers, Box 1052, Port Colborne, Ont. 
H. H. Betts, 562 Brock St., Kingston, Out. 
Wm. Root, 40 Pine St., Brockville, Ont. 

E. J. Lee, Box 355, Almonte, Ont. 
Geo. E. Rennie, 37 Helendale Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
R. J. Kincaid, Box 149, Kincardine, Ont. 
J. E. Middleton, Box 36, Welland, Ont. 
Dr. Henry G. Robb, 615 Medical Art Bldg., Toronto, Ont. 
Keith M. MicLean, Seaforth, Ont. 
J. Fred Edwards, Box 177, Palmerston, Ont. 
R. Cavanagh, Jellyby, Ont. 
C. W. F. Carpenter, Box 388, Grimsby, Ont. 
Milton R. Bricker, Box 76, Aniherstburg, Ont. 








































































































































































































Thomas W. Solmes, Box 61, Stirling, Ont. 

Thos. E. Armstrong, Box 326, Riclgetown, Ont. 

W. G. McVicar, Strathroy, Ont. 

W. T. Barnard, Milton, Ont. 

John R. Weare, 2499 Cleveland Ave., Niagara Falls, Ont. 

Jas. T. Gilchrist, 468 Gladstone Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

B. Bossenberry, Grand Bend, Ont. 

W. E. Seeker, 225 Jedburgh Rd., Toronto, Ont. 

Godfrey Gale, 1095 Bruce Ave., Windsor, Ont. 

H. L. Stratton, Aylmer, Ont. 

J. C. W. Parsons, 270 Bay Street, Port Arthur, Ont. 

A. W. McGillivray, Orangeville, Ont. 

Harry F. McGee, Box 37, Wingham, Ont. 

M. S. Blackburn, Dresden, Ont. 

R. M. Sanderson, 620-3rd Ave. S., Kenora, Ont. 

Jas. Herriot, 8 Glen Avon Rd., Toronto, Ont. 

Chas. L. Davidson, 102 Kent St. W., Lindsay, Ont. 

W. EL Bain, Box 142, Sudbury, Ont. 

L. E. Edmonds, 522 Wellington St. E., Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

Dr. B. F. Nott, Box 55, North Bay, Ont. 

Reg. M. Smith, R.R. No. 2, Oakville, Ont. 

O. B. Phillips, Warkworth, Ont. 

Dr. Will C. Davy, Box 40, Morrisburg, Ont. 

Dan. L. Bailey, 436 Amelia St., Cornwall, Ont. 

J. P. Morrison, Box 418, Renfrew, Ont. 

H. J. Broughton, Box 402, Paris, Ont. 

M. W. Rogers, 8 Allan St., Carleton Place, Ont. 

Wm. Roy Cooper, 68 Lancaster St. W., Kitchener, Ont. 

Ed. H. Brennan, Wigle Block, Leamington, Ont. 

Fred Porterfield, Box 16, Mitchell, Ont. 

R. B. Hillmer, Southampton, Ont. 

S. E. Foster, Dr., Box 181, Wiarton, Ont. 

Wilber Clow, Box 383, Gananoque, Ont. 

T. S. McDonald, Box 1142, Smiths Falls, Ont. 

Sherman R. Belfry, Box 90. Cannington, Ont. 

Walter Tunstell, Box 215, Uxbridge, Ont. 

James Reidford, 24 Brookside Ave. W., Toronto, Ont. 

Oliver Coles, 523 S. Norah St., Fort William, Ont. 

J. Waiter Smillie, Maxville, Ont. 

Vernon Coulter, Brighton, Ont. 

W. R. Ledger, 128 Collier St., Toronto, Ont. 

Percy Fatum, Gowanstown, Ont. 

J. A. C. MacDonald, Box 173, Lucknow, Ont. 

Dr. D. A. Irvine, Box 171, Vankleek Hill, Ont. 

William Hirst, Box 7, Rainy River, Ont. 

A. E. Selwey, 1003 Lome Ave., London, Ont 

C. W. Fraser, 423 McKay St., Pembroke, Ont. 
J. R. Angus, Box 92, Fort Frances, Ont. 

D. F. Johnson, 329 William St., Wallaceburg, Ont. 
Geo. H. Capell, Box 388, Dawson, Y.T. 

John McNiece, R.R. No. 3, Dundas, Ont. 

S. Embury, Box 67, Madoc, Ont. 

J. G. Gray, 2149 Gerrard St. E., Toronto, Ont. 

A. Petherick, West Lome, Ont. 


E. 167. B. J. Brownell, Port McNicoll, Ont. 

V. 168. A. J. Meyers, Campbellford, Ont. 

169. J. H. Brown, New Liskeard, Ont 

R. 175. Samuel Vila, 241 MacNab St. S., Hamilton, Ont. 

V. 184. John A. Bell, Box 631, Fort Erie North, Ont. 

V. 185. Robert Somerville, 127 Garden Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

E. 195. R. W. Hall, Jr., Box 524, Brampton, Ont. 

E. 198. H. K. Maynard, 109 Front St. S., Orillia, Ont. 

E. 203. W. H. Smith, Box 221, Cobalt, Ont. 

E. 205. T. R. Johnstone, 421 Mount Pleasant Rd., Toronto, Ont. 

R. 210. A. Walker, Box 180, Russell, Ont. 

V. 212. Max Cooper, 32 Ardmore Rd., Toronto, Ont. 

213. H. W. Brown, 82 Preston St. S., Timmdns, Ont. 

V. 214. Foster W. Smith, R.R. No. 1, Alvinston, Ont. 

R. 215. J. L. Maude, 40 Victor Ave., Mimico, Ont. 

E. 217. John A. Mackie, 323 Forman Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

218. T. L Edwards, Shelburne, Ont. 

E. 219. Robert A. Boddy, 74 King St. K, Room 202, Toronto, Ont. 

E. 220. W. M. Creech, 4245 Dundas St. W., Toronto, Ont. 

E. 221. H. C. MoKechnie, Durham, Ont. 

V. 222. A. H. McKee, 145 Patterson Ave., Ottawa, Ont. 

R. 223. J. R. Spence, Box 125, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 

R. 224. J. S. Brysdale, 800 Cannon St. E.,, Hamilton, Ont. 

V. 225. Sam Spencer, 39 Heyworth Crese., Toronto, Ont. 

R. 226. Chris. M. Forbes, Perth, Ont. 

V. 227. W. M. Barlow, 285 George St., Belleville, Ont. 

V. 230. W. A. Maxwell, Box 242, Port Credit, Ont. 

231. Leslie J. Colling, 268 Wright Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

E. 232. Edward W. Hazard, 154 Cowan Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

E. 233. F. E. Johnson, 2015 Eglinton Ave. W., Toronto, Ont. 

E. 234. Hugh Dickie, Box 116, Georgetown, Ont. 

E, 235. F. R. Underhill, Box 546, Aurora, Ont. 

E. 236. A. T. Lang, Caledonia, Ont. 

V.- 238. A. V. Sedgwick, 194 Duchess Ave., London, Ont. 

239. G. C. Rutherford, Box 8, Blenheim, Ont. 

V. 240. C. A. Merritt, Smithville, Ont. 

241. N. W. J. Haydon, 564 Pape Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

R. 242. G. U. Howell, Lambeth, Ont. 

E. 243. Wm. Clark, Stoney Creek, Ont. 

245. H. L. Clare, 666 Hamilton St., Preston, Ont. 

E. 246. W. B. Hillmer, 14 Denarda Ave., Mount Dennis, Ont. 

E. 247. John Taman, 184 Egerton St., London, Ont. 

R. 248. Arch S. McLaren, Arnprior, Ont. 

V. 249. L. W. Dippell, Box 40, Bowmanville, Ont. 

E. 250. Maurice W. Honeyman, 2005 Iroquois, Windsor, Ont. 

251. W. J. Kilgour, Lake Shore Mines, Kirkland Lake, Ont. 

E. 252. R. A. Bond, 408 Wellington St., Sarnia, Ont. 

R. 253. W. A. Ferguson, Port Dover, Ont. 





1. J. Winney, 207 Raglan Rd., Kingston, Ont. 

2. James Baird, 96 Smith Ave,, Hamilton, Ont. 

3. Wm. E. Bradt, 16 Cove Rd., London, Ont. 

4. Thos. E. Peck, 50A Elmer Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

5. Jos. C. Simms, 69 Curry St., London, Ont. 

6. Walter W. Knight, 401 Wilson St., Hamilton, Ont. 

7. E. C. Wood, 21 Jane St., Belleville, Ont. 

8. W. Reg. Shaw, 293 Oriole Parkway, Toronto, Ont. 

15. Alfred McLocklin, Point Edward, Ont. 

16. Loring T. Crothers, 23 Front St., Hull, Que. 

18. G. K. Mansell, 116 Riddell St., Woodstock, Ont. 

19. Thomas Finch, Merritton, Ont. 

20. Alfred J. W. Sherman, 5 King St., Brantford, Ont. 

22. E. A. Irwin, 491 Gilmour St., Ottawa, Ont. 

23. W. H. Richardson, 281 Colborne St. N., Simcoe, Ont. 

24. G. W. TrowsdaLe, Stratford, Ont. 

26. J. A. Pow, Trenton, Ont. 

27. R. H. Davidson, Coilingwood, Ont. 

28. W. L. Pierson, 40 Giblbon St., Oshawa, Ont. 

29. Newton B. Brown, Cayuga, Ont. 

30. Ogle L. Miller, Goderich, Ont. 

31. Charles E. Goodwin, Picton, Ont. 

32. Thomas Forrester, 22 Wright Ave., Gait, Ont. 

34. G. O. Smith, 232 Elizabeth St., Barrie, Ont. 

35. William Davidson, Whitby, Ont. 

36. W. D. Taylor, 86 London St., Peterborough, Ont. 

37. Walter B. Reynolds, R.R. No. 3, Port Hope, Ont. 

40. H. C. McW T illiamis, 74 Mary St., Guelph, Ont. 

41. Alfred Hilary, Beachville, Ont. 

44. Gordon C. Faulkner, Napanee, Ont. 

45. A. J. Dance, Colborne, Ont. 

46. Norman V. Johnston, St. Marys, Ont. 

47. J. E. Barbour, 109 Joseph St., Chatham, Ont. 

48. W. G. Wenn, Division St., Cobourg, Ont. 

53. William T. Pauling, Petrolia, Ont. 

54. John Gibb, 831 Talbot St., St. Thomas, Ont. 

55. J. B. Hostetter, R.R. No. 4, St. Catharines, Ont. 

56. C. Fotheringham, Box 32, Port Elgin, Ont. 

57. A. W. Smithson, Box 1157, Port Colborne, Ont. 

58. A. W. Tongue, Mattawa, Ont. 

59. Harry Acton, 13 Maple St., Brockville, Ont. 

61. G. L. Comba, Almonte, Ont. 

62. A. W. Sandoz, 63 Banff Rd., Toronto, Ont. 

63. W. M. McGaw, Kincardine, Ont. 

64. L. R. Brennan, 62 Hellems Ave., WeHland, Ont. 

65. Murray S. Burger, Dominion Bank, Queen & Victoria, Toronto, Ont 

66. M. A. Reid, Seaforth, Ont. 

67. J. H. Weppler, Baden, Ont. 

68. Geo. W. Davis, Bellamys, Ont. 

69. Clarence W. Lewis, Grimsby, Ont. 

71. William Spooner, 360 Ellis West, Windsor, Ont. 


72. W. H. Rollins, Stirling, Ont. 

73. John J. McDonald, Ridgetown, Ont. 

74. Gordon Young, Stratroy, Ont. 

75. John Bell, Milton, Ont. 

76. J. E. Brant, Tillair Ave., Niagara Falls, Ont. 

77. J. E. Jengins, 15 Donagal Dr., Toronto, Ont. 

78. K. P. McKenzie, Parkhill, Ont. 

79. L. L. Querie, 20 Balford Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

80. Thos. W. Appleby, 2193 Windermere Road, Windsor, Ont. 

81. Grover Williams, R.R. No. 6, Aylmer, Ont. 

82. John M. Clarke, Room No. 7, Ruttan Block, Port Arthur, Ont. 

83. Irwin Bowen, R.R. No. 3, Orangeville, Ont 

84. Dr. W. A. Crawford, Wingham, Ont. 
88. Stanley Hanks, R.R. No. 2, Croton, Ont. 

90. C. Quinton, Norman, Ont. 

91. S. Biggs, 142 Iippincott St., Toronto, Ont. 

94. J. D. Hushin, 301 Kent St. W., Lindsay, Ont. 

95. P. A. Coates, Sudbury, Ont. 

102. Geo. Lee, 1248 Queen St. E., Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

103. J. G. Maroosis, 8 Main St. E., North Bay, Ont. 

104. John Hadden, R.R. No. 2, Oakville, Ont. 
110. J. K Edgar, Warkworth, Ont. 

112. G. F. Barkley, Morrisiburg, Ont. 

113. G. B. Stidwell, 405 Third St. W., Cornwall, Ont. 

114. H. Hinchley, Renfrew, Ont. 

115. L. W. Brockbank, Paris, Ont. 

116. H. E. Menzies, 17 Beckwith St., Carleton Place, Ont. 

117. Geo. H. Carthy, 277 Borden Ave. S., Kitchener, Ont. 
119. George F. Marsh, Leamington, Ont. 

129. Keith Taylor, Mitchell, Ont. 

130. Maurice W. Brown, Poht Elgin, Ont. 

131. Gordon G. Sinclair, Wiarton, Ont. 

132. N. R. Gardner, Ganoque, Ont. 
133.. John W. Forde, Smiths Falls, Ont. 

134. William Tummonds, R.R. No. , Woodville, Ont. 

135. Matthew Veitch, R.R. No. 2, Uxbridge, Ont. 
138. Arnold W. Cook, 45 Halford Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
140. F. Ryder, 302 N. Franklin St., Fort William, Ont. 

143. Rod. A. Stewart, Dunvegan, Ont. 

144. G. T. Solomon, Brigton, Ont. 

145. Art. Chandler, 22 Boynton Rd., Toronto, Ont. 

146. J. Lome Campbell, Listowel, Ont. 

147. T. J. Sackeed, R.R. No. 1, Lucknow, Ont. 

148. K. M. McKenzie, Vankleek Hill, Ont. 

149. A. E. Smith, Rainy River, Ont. 

150. T. Bearchill, Sub P.O. No. 6, London, Ont. 

151. E. R. Colsen, 479 Draper St., Pembroke, Ont. 

152. R. W. Greenwood, Wallaceburg. 

154. Charles H. Chapman, Dawson, Y.T. 

155. Joseph Woolley, R.R. No. 1, Ajicaster, Ont. 
161. E. S. Naylor, Madoc, Ont. 

163. T. J. Mason, 153 Courcellette Rd., Toronto, Ont. 

164. H. J. Turner, West Lome, Ont. 
167. Frank Gendron, Port McNicoll, Ont. 


168. R. A. Connor, Campbellford, Ont. 

169. Geo. E. McKelvie, New Liskeard, Ont. 

175. Zeb. Roy Fulkerson, 366 Wentworth St. S., Hamilton, Ont. 

184. Frank Spittler, Fort Erie North, Ont. 

185. William McCormick, 17 Gnenview Blvd., Toronto, Ont. 
195. 0. T. Walker, Brampton, Ont. 

198. J. M. Johnson, Bracebridge, Ont. 

203. E. L. Tomney, Cobalt, Ont. 

205. G. J. Hall, 69 Robina Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

210. J. A. Gamble, Russell, Ont. 

212. Herman Ginsberg, 240 Crawford St., Toronto, Ont. 

213. R. V. Neily, Buffalo-Ankerite Mine, South Porcupine, Ont. 

214. Robert Luke, R.R. No. 1, Alvinston, Ont. 

215. Carl Roberts, 136 Symons, Mimico, Ont. 

217. Donald D. Pnentis, 150 Hopedale Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

218. J. W. Firth, Shelburne, Ont. 

219. Clarence H. Kesteven, 231 McRoberts Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

220. E. J. Culham, R.R. No. 4, Malton, Ont. 

221. Thomas Henderson, Durham, Ont. 

222. C. M. Pitts, 349A Elgin St., Ottawa, Ont. 

223. F. J. Bean, P.O. Box 162, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 

224. Reg. A. Jupp, 80 Grass Ave., St Catherines* Ont. 

225. J. J. Cairns, 66 Frankdale Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

226. L. V. Wood, Glen Tay, Ont. 

227. W. P. Youdale, 256 Foster Ave., Belleville, Ont. 
230. I. N. Tompkins, Port Credit, Ont. 

2131. Charles Duckworth, 1022 Ossington Ave., Toronto, Ont 

232. William Steggles, 201 Pacific Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

233. W. Parkinson, 464 Lansdowne Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

234. E. T. L. Arnold, Box 26, Georgetown, Ont. 

235. A. M. Graham, Aurora, Ont. 

236. Albert Emerson, R.R. No. 1, York, Ont. 

238. R. Hatton, 891 Queen's Avenue, London, Ont. 

239. Claud© D. Fleming, Cedar Springs, Ont. 

240. Frank Hays, Smithville, Ont. 

241. Ernest Pickles, 101 Gledhill Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

242. Orliey Dale,, R.R. No. 1, London, Ont. 

243. H. G. Parratt, Stoney Creek, Ont. 

245. W. Kenneth Graham, 1034 Vine St., Preston, Ont. 

246. Bertie Clarence Mason, 234 Caledonia Rd., Toronto, Ont. 

247. Howard N. Gilbert, 479 English St., London, Ont. 

248. John A. Armstrong, Arnprior, Ont. 

249. A. Holt, Bowmanville, Ont. 

250. John H. Murray, 2245 Turner Rd., Windsor, Ont. 

251. J. G. McMillan, Teck Hughes Gold Mines, Kirkland Lake, Ont. 

252. C. M. Richardson, 140 Parker St., Sarnia, Ont. 

253. Aaron McKnight, Port Dover, Ont. 





Grand Chapter 




A. G. N. Bradshaw . . . 

Port Credit 

George W. Slack. . . . 


G. H. Hayward 


Fred Porterfield 

B. F. Nott 

R. W. McFadden 

A. S. H. Cree 

Chas. A. Seager, D.D 

Frank Ebbitt 

W. G. Price 

Port Credit 

Oliver Ellwood 


Sidney F. Smith. 


Wm. J. Tow 


W. S. M. Enouy 



J. W. Plewes 


Walter H. Davis 



R. B. Dargavel 



W. Y. Mills 




J. Alf. Burnett 





Ed. Worth ■. 






E. H. Brennan. 


C. Alex. Sollitt 


W. H. Wardrope 




A. P. Freed 

Port Arthur 


W. E. Gowling 

V. M. Hare 



Niagara Falls 


Fred G. Smith 


H. A. Miller 


Wm. J. Shaw 


Harry J. McCallum 



Fred W Dean . 






Gband Chapter 



Walter F. Estes 


F. S. Watson 



George H. "W right . . , 

Fort Smith 


West Los Angeles 

R2, Colorado Springs 

Geo. N. Delap . . 






T. B. Elfe... 


Fred W. Soady 


William H. Baugh 

Teire Haute 

E. W. F. Holler . 






Frank W. Brownell . 

D. Henry Childs 

Port Huron 



Kansas City 

John N. McCune 

Edgar W. Mair 

Alfred H. White... 

New South Wales 

H. B. Mathews 

Box 2968 N.W., 

Clifford A. McDonald 


James Hamilton Harkness. . 

John W. Elder . . . 


W. G. Bandv 

North Dakota 


G. S. Wright 


William Noble 

Oklahoma City 


Fred A. Purdin 



J. Shirra, Sr.. 





Sir J. C. Watson, M.B.C., K.C 

T. H. Morrow... 






Arthur L. Mattern 


Western Australia 

Wilbur H. Cramblett. . . 


Mason I. Chapin 





Grand Chapter 






British Columbia. 






District of Columbia 





Illinois ..!... 





Kentucky \ 













New Brunswick 

New Hampshire 

New Jersey 

New Mexico 

New South Wales 

New York 

New Zealand 

North Carolina 

North Dakota 

Nova Scotia 







Rhode Island 



South Carolina 

South Dakota 








Western Australia 

West Virginia 



Gen. Grand Chapter, U.S. . 
England-Wales M.M.M. L'ge 

Guy T. Smith 

C. A. MacPherson 

Harry A. Drachman 

John Wolfe 

Geroge Hugh MacKay. . . 

Thos. A. Davies 

Edwin Smith, G.S.E 

Chas. A. Patton 

W. L. Cort 

John W. Macklem 

J. Claude Keiper 

Sydney A. White, G.S.E. . 

JohnB. Phelps 

W.J. Penn, Jr 

Edward H. Way 

Edward E. Core 

Chas. Thomas 

Geo. E. Masters 

H. C. Shellard, G. Reg. . . 

E. Elmer F. Strain 

Ray G. Tipton 

Lee W. Harris 

Conver E. Leach 

T. SellarCook 

Chas. H. Welden 

Raymond T. Sewell 

Clyde N. Wilson 

John H. Anderson 

Sid F. Curtis 

Ray V. Denslow 

Luther T Hauberg 

Lewis E. Smith 

E. C. Peterson 

Roy E. Crawford 

J. Melvin Meser 

Charles D. McCracken. . . 
Alpheus A. Keen 

F. R. Sinden 

Chas. C. Hunt : 

F.J. Rea 

W. Ritchie Smith 

Walter L. Stockwell 

H. S. Theakston. 

Mont. C. Hambright 

James A. Lathin 

D. Rufus Cheney 

John C. F. Ketselman . . . 
W. W. Williamson, G.S.E. 

S. W. Coulter 

Wilbur A. Scott 

Francis B. Reilly, G.S.E. . 
Geo. A. Howell, G.S.E. . . 
O. Frank Hart 

E. F. Swain 

T. E. Doss 

T. M. Bartley.. 

J. Warren Belens 

Archie S. Harriman 

Hy. O. Thomas 

Jas. M. Clift 

Wesley C. Stone 

Hugh C. Anderson 

G. M. Ford 

William F. Weiler 

Henry G. Watson 

Roscoe R. Walcott 

T. G. L. Lumley-Smith . . 

Montgomery, Mas. Temple 

1412 Second St. N.W., Calgary 

Masonic Temple, Tuscan, Aritona 

Batesville, 100 Spring St. 

Vancouver, B.C., 1955 Charles St. 

San Francisco, Rm. 423, Mas. Temple 

582 Dufferin Ave., London, Ont. 

Denver, Rm. 319, Mas. Temple 

Hartford, Mas. Temple 

Wilmington, Box 94 

Washington, Mas. Temple 

London, W.C., Freemasons Hall 

Box 283, Miami, Florida 

801 Mulberry St., Macon 

Boise, Box 1203 

Springfield, Box 174 

Marion, Masonic Temple 


Dublin, Freemasons Hall 

Topeka, Masonic Temple 


Masonic Temple, Alexandria, La. 

Portland, Mas. Temple 

Winnipeg, Man., 29-161 Langside St. 

Baltimore, Mas. Temple 

Boston, Mas. Temple, Rm. 209 

Coldwater, 95 W. Chicago St 

St. Paul, Masonic Temple 



Helena, Box 896 

Omaha, M.T., 19th and Dougla 


Masonic Temple, St. John 



Albuquerque, Box 535 

Sydney, Unity Bldg., 16 Callaug 

New York City, Mas. Hall 

Wellington, Box 1295 

Raleigh, N.C. 


Halifax, N.S. 


Muskogee, Rm. 12, Flint Nat. Bank 

Portland, Masonic Temple Bldg. 

Philadelphia, Mas. Temple 

Montreal, Box 3172 

Box 425 F., Brisbane 

Providence, 87 Weybossett St. 

Regina, 410 Darke Block 

Edinburgh, 35 Liberton Garden 


Sioux Falls, Mas. Temple 

Nashville, 100 7th Ave. N. 


Salt Lake City, Masonic Temple 

Burlington, Mas. Temple 

Melbourne, 164 Flinders St. 

Richmond Masonic Temple 

Spokane, 412 Hyde Bldg. 

Perth, St. George's Terrace 

Wheeling, 820 Hawley Bldg. 

Milwaukee, 790 N.VanBuren St. 

P.O. Box 816, Cheyenne, Wyoming 

8 East Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 

London, W.C., Mark Masons' Hall 



Grand First Principals Z. of the Grand Chapter of 
Canada from 1857 to 1943 

*W. M. Wilson 1857 

♦Thompson Wilson 1858 

*T. D. Harington 1859-60 

♦John C. Franck 1861-2 

*T. D. Harington 1863-4-5-6 


♦S. B. Harman 1872 

*C. D. Macdonell 1873 

*Jas. Seymour 1874 

*L. H. Henderson 1875-6 

*F. J. Menet 1877-8 

♦Daniel Spry 1879-80 

♦Donald Ross 1881-2 

♦H. Macpherson 1883-4 

♦Thos. Sargant 1885-6 

♦Robt. Hendry, Jr 1887 

♦R. B. Hungerford 1888-9 

♦J. J. Mason 1890-1 

♦J. E. Harding 1892-3 

♦J. Ross Robertson 1894-5 

♦M. Walsh 1896-7-8 

♦Wm. G. Reid 1899-1900 

*Wm. Gibson 1901-2 

♦A. Shaw 1903-4 

♦William Roaf 1905-6 

♦John Leslie 1907-8 

♦George Moore 1909-10 

♦Fred W. Harcourt 191i-2 

♦Daniel F. Macwatt 1913-4 

*Wm. S. R. Murch 1915-6 

♦A. S. Gorrell, M.D 1917-8 

♦Wm. N. Ponton 1919-20 

♦H. S. Griffin, M.D 1921 

♦Richard H. Spencer 1922-3 

Walter H. Davis 1924-5 

♦Kenneth J. Dunstan 1926-7 

Edwin Smith 1928-9 

Walter G. Price, D.D.S 1930-1 

♦Chas. W. Haentschel, M.D 1932-3 

♦Alexander Cowan. 1934 

George L. Gardiner 1935-6 

Wm. Y. Mills 1937-8 

Llewellyn F. Stephens 1939-40-42 

♦John M. Empey 1941 

John M. Burden 1943 

Honourary Past Grand First Principals Z. of the 
Grand Chapter of Canada 


♦Henry Robertson 1888 

♦Kivas Tully 1891 

♦Hugh Murray 1903 

Harry H. Watson 1909 


♦E. T. Malone 1919 

*A. T. Freed 1920 

♦Sir John M. Gibson 1922 

Roderick B. Dargavel 1941 

Grand Scribes E. of the Grand Chapter 
of Canada 

♦Thomas B. Harris 1857-73 

♦R. P. Stephens 1874-5 

♦Daniel Spry 1876-7 

♦David McLellan 1878-91 

♦Thomas Sargant 1892-8 

♦George J. Bennett 1899-1915 

♦Henry T. Smith 1916-1928 

Edwin Smith 1929-1943 

♦ Deceased 




Address of Welcome to Grand Z. from Chapters of Toronto and 

District 11-13 

Address of Grand Z 24-41 

Amendments to By-Laws 30 

Annual Convocation, Where Held 3 

Annual Convocation, 1944 ..... 108 

Annual Statement of Receipts of Chapters 74-78 

Appointment of Grand Officers 114-116 

Appointment of Grand Representatives 31 

Auditor's Certificate 88 

Chapters by District 120-123 

Chapters Not Represented 22 

Civic Welcome 9*-ll 

Committee on Benevolence 108 

Communications and Greetings 69-70 

Deaths 101-104 

Dispensations Issued 28-29 

Distinguished Visitors, Received from — 

Grand Chapters, Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec, Man- 
itoba, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, 
Virginia, General Grand Chapter, U.S. A., New South Wlales, 
Australia, Grand Lodge of Canada, A. & A.S.R., Knights 
Templar, R. & S.M., 4-5 

District Grand Superintendents, Elected 79 

District Grand Superintendents, Reports of 42-68 

Election of Officers 113 

Especial Convocations front 

September 8th, 1942, Fort Frances, Ont., A. 
October 14th, 1942, Madoc, Ont., B. 
October 15th, 1942, Picton, Ont., C, 

Executive Committee — Elected Members 113 

Executive Comimitteee — Appointed Members 114-115 

Executive Committee — 'Benevolence 108 

Executive Committee and Sub-Committee 116-119 

Exaltations, Gains and Losses 125-129 

First Principals of Chapters with Addresses 135-137 

Fraternal Correspondence Appendix 

Fraternal Correspondence — -Report Presented) and Adopted 42-68 

General Grand Chapter, U.S.A 39-40 

Grand Chapter — -Opened 4 



Grand Chapter — Officers Present 3 

Grand Chapter — Guests Welcomed 6-9 

Grand Chapter — 'Representatives Present 23 

Grand Chapter— ^Closed 116 

Grand Representatives 138-139 

Grand Secretaries 140 

Grand Superintendent of District Present , 3 

Grand Z. Testimonial 114 

Grand First Principals Since 1857 141 

Grand Scribes E. Since 1857 141 

Guests Convey Greetings 69 

Honors Tendered Distinguished Visitors 9 

Historian Elected 107 

In Memoriam 98 

Installation of Officers 114 

Invocation 5-6 

List of Books in Library 100-110 

Membership 125-129 

Minutes of Annual Convocation, 1942, Adopted 13 

Next Place of Meeting, London 113 

Notices of Motion — Withdrawn Ill 

Notices of Motions — 'Considered Ill 

Order of Business at G.Z. Discretion ..... 13 

Past Z's Rank Comip. Douglas G. Mclllwraith 107 

Presentation Jewels to Members of Grand Chapter, 25 and 50 years 2i9 i -30 

Portrait — Most Ex. Comp. John M, Burden Insert 

Report of Committee on Credentials 14—21 

Masonic Education 108-109 

Instruction 110 

Report of Executive on: 

Benevolence ... 81-82 

Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence 95-96 

Condition of Capitular Masonry 89-94 

Finance 82-88 

Fraternal Dead 97-104 

Grand Z.'s Address 105-107 

Investments 80-81 

Printing 80 

Report of Grand Treasurer 71 

Report on Grand Scribe E 72^78 

Resolution to Receive Report: 

Fraternal Dead ...: 104 



Resolution to Receive and Adopt Reports on: 

Benevolence 82 

Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence 96 

Condition of Capitular Masonry 94 

Credential 22 

Finance - 78 

Fraternal Dead 107 

Grand Treasurer 72 

Grand Scribe E 78 

Grand Z.'s Address 107 

Investments 81 

Instruction Ill 

Masonic Education 109 

Printing 80 

Returns of Constituent Chapters — 'Financial 74-78 

Returns of Constituent Chapters — Statistical 125-129 

Reception to Grand Z.'s Address .... 41 

Reception of Grand Superintendents' Report 68 

Restorations 131 

Royal Arch Masons Welcome 13 

Revision of Constitution 112 

Scrutineers of Ballot, Obligated - 112 

Schedule of Investment 80^-81 

Suspensions ■ 130-131 

Scribes of Chapters — Names and Addresses , 132-134 

Second Day— Thursday, April 27th, 1943 95 

Sympathy to Royal Family and Reply 25 

Vote of Thanks to: 

Credential Committee 112 

Guest Speaker 112 

Installing Board _ 114 

Scrutineers 114 

Toronto Committees 112 

Wednesday Evening — April 28th, 1943 95 


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UTAH (1941) 

UTAH (1942) 








In these anxious days, it is rather difficult to confine our 
minds to a given subject. Yet as we ponder o'er the store of 
knowledge and information gathered hither and yon during 
our annual pilgrimage through the Capitular world, we are 
profoundly impressed by the spirit of optimism which, despite 
the ominous clouds hanging above our heads like a black pall, 
seems to permeate, with a few exceptions, throughout the 
jurisdictions which we have been privileged to review. And 
why not ? 

As Craftsmen have we not learned through years of eco- 
nomic depression, periods of great prosperity, and in the trying 
days of war, that we must trim our sails to the prevailing 
winds ? A few of our contemporaries paint a gruesome picture 
of the future, but by far the great majority optimistically face 
the stress of the times with well-expressed words of encour- 
agement. The foundation of Masonry has been well and truly 
laid by our ancient brethren, yea upon a solid rock. We the 
builders of today have the responsibility of erecting upon that 
foundation a superstructure that shall be perfect in its parts 
and honourable to the builder. Masonic appeal may decline, 
our numbers may shrink, but the fault lies not with Masonry 
whose system of Morality, Brotherhood, Tolerance and Kind- 
ness still shines forth as a beacon-light of encouragement in a 
weary and war-stricken world. Full responsibility rests upon 
the builders of today — are we erecting an edifice fitting to the 
strength and beauty of the foundation laid by the men of 
yesterday ? Let us not be unmindful of the words of the Great 
Master Builder who said: — 

"By the grace of God, given unto me as a wise Master builder I have 
laid a solid foundation and another buildeth thereon, but let every man 
take heed how he buildeth thereon." 

Despite the raging storm which seems to shake the very 
foundation of civilization as we know it, despite the shifting 
and treacherous sands, the anchor of Masonry still holds firmly 
and securely. We join with those who see in the future, a 
vision of Masonry moving onward and upward to greater 
heights of usefulness. To those whose writings convey the 
suggestion of pessimism, may we say — Hope like a gleaming 
star, twinkling above the clouds, should strengthen our morale 
and bring within our vista the possibilities of the days to 
come- Pessimism is slowly but surely, riding the outward 
tide. Optimism is in the ascendency and well may we raise our 
voices and sing the words of that old familiar hymn : — 

"Behind the clouds the starlight lurks, 
Thru showers the sunbeam falls, 
For God who loveth all his works, 
Has left his Hope for all/' 

As the pendulum of time swing's from hour to hour, day to 
day, so our thoughts stray from the peaceful pursuits of 
Masonry and fasten tenaciously upon events in the outer 
world. Bloodshed, carnage, devastation, death and destruction 
stalk the earth, filling the minds of peace-loving people with 
horror, grief, fear and apprehension. Our way of life is 
threatened and the call goes forth for men and munitions, 
patriotism and production. The co-operation so sorely needed 
is well exemplified in the fourth Chapter of Nehemiah: — 

"And it came to pass when our enemies heard that it was known 
unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought, that we returned, 
all of us, to the wall, everyone unto his work. Half of my servants 
wrought in the work and the other half held both spears and shields. 
So builded we the wall and all the wall was joined together, for the 
people had a mind to work." 

And so in these modern times, we too, have a wall to build, 
a duty to perform, a vicious and unscrupulous enemy to sub- 
due. Let every man to his task, for upon the efforts of the 
men and women of this generation depend solely a future of 
freedom for those who follow. The die is cast, the past is 
past, our hope for happiness lies just beynd the hills. Who 
shall falter? "Vestigia Nulla Vetrorsum." 

Yes, if we read the reports and feel aright the pulse, then 
may we say that "freemen everywhere", regardless of race, 
colour or creed, are bound together in these days of war by 
the bonds of common interest. When the sunshine of Peace 
again illumines the Heavens, let us strengthen our war-time 
ties by the bonds of love, of tolerance, and kindness. 

"All that our fathers wrought with true prophetic thought must be 

And now, as we bid farewell for yet another year, may we 
leave these thoughts as our benediction. 

May Faith be our guide, Hope our watchword. May our 
Charity be true and constant and may we, as men and as 
Masons, keep our eyes focussed upon the horizon when most 
assuredly will come the dawn of a great new day and a new 
and better condition among men. And when the morning 
breaks, may we, as our brethren of old, bow down and cry : — 


George L. Gardiner, P.G.Z., 

Historian and Reviewer. 



W. B. Way, Grand First Principal. 

C. A. MacPherson, Grand Scribe E. 

The Twenty-Eighth Annual Convocation was held in Cal- 
gary on May 13, 1942. M. Ex. Comp. Way declared Grand 
Chapter opened in ample form. 

Nine Past Grand First Principals were in attendance while 
twenty-six Jurisdictions were represented by their duly ac- 
credited Grand Representatives. 

Distinguished visitors included the Grand First Principals 
of the Sister Provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. 

The Mayor of Calgary wias received and on behalf of the 
Corporation of the City of Calgary, extended a Civic welcome. 
His Worship was present in a dual capacity as Mayor of the 
City and as Past Grand First Principal of Grand Chapter. 

M. Ex. Comp. Way's annual address provides good reading 
and is most entertaining. In his opening remarks, he refers 
fittingly to world affairs; we quote an excerpt or two: — 

"The tragedy of world war has served but to underline the neces- 
sity for a Christian Life and to carry a conviction of its urgency* to 
many minds by which it was regarded at first with little interest. The 
spectacle of the zeal of youth harnessed in certain lands to the chariot 
of evil and destructive ambition has been the prime cause of this awak- 
ening among the peace-loving peoples. However deeply we deplore the 
systematic perversion of the young mind in Germany and elsewhere, 
it has begun to make us aware of the mighty results, evil or good, 
attainable by the enlistment of youth's passionate zeal, and apparently 
unattainable without it. It is the outstanding revelation of contemporary 
history that the foulest plots hatched by older minds can be carried 
out only with the aid of the perverted young. 

"With the growth of this realization, enthusiasm for more spirit- 
ualism has also grown. Special days have been set aside at the instiga- 
tion of Their Majesties, the King and Queen, for certain 'Da$rs of 
Prayer'. God is calling us back to the true meaning of Life. It is a 
call which we in all the Empire must hear and answer. The English- 
speaking civilization is essentially Christian; and we in this country 
and all of you Overseas who march beside us have a deep, age-oid 
Christian tradition giving us a vantage point from which we can set 

The following words should also strike a responsive chord 
in the heart of every Canadian: — 

"The Nation as a whole must immediately realize that each and 
every citizen must play his or her part in this war. Then and' then 
only, will duties be readily recognized and cheerfully discharged and 


service in every form seen, not as an irksome duty to 'be avoided, but 
as an honor to be sought." 

The Grand First Principal lists his District visitations, all 
of which seem to have been successful and expressive of the 
interest, enthusiasm and loyalty which is manifested through- 
out the jurisdiction. 

Dispensations, appointments, reference to the amalgama- 
tion of two Chapters, and the surrender of the Charter of 
Keystone Chapter of Red Deer, all find space in the Grand 
First Principal's address, which closes with this ably-ex- 
pressed thought: — 

"I hope that ere another year has come to pass we may have 
peace in this world of ours. I hope that all Nations that have had their 
rights of self-government forcibly taken from them will again enjoy 
restoration to sovereignty as their peoples wish. 

"The time shall come, when thou shalt lift thine eyes 
To watch a long-drawn battle in the skies 
While aged peasants, too amazed for words, 
Stare at the flying fleets of wondrous birds; 
England, so long the mistress of the sea, 
Where winds and waves confess her sovereignty, 
Her ancient triumphs yet on high shall bear 
And reign, the sovereign of the conquered air." 

The reports of the Grand Superintendents are well-written 
and convey the thought that these zealous and hard-working 
officials are performing a really worth-while service to Royal 
Arch Masonry. 

The Grand Treasurer's report indicates that finances are 
carefully managed and apparently in a healthy condition, 
despite the stress of the unusual times through which we are 
passing. The Grand Scribe E reports an almost insignificant 
loss in membership. We extend our congratulations to Al- 
berta on what appears to us a very satisfactory year's work. 

The Committee on Fraternal Correspondence divide the 
task of reviewing Sister Jurisdictions among the membership 
of the Committee. 

The review of our Grand Chapter is signed with the initials 
of J.W.V. and we conclude that we are indebted to Comp. 
J. W. Verge for a splendid summary of our last year's Con- 
vocation. Full coverage is given to all matters of importance, 
with excerpts from our Gand Z.'s address and rulings. Refer- 
ing to our fciist review, Comp. Verge suggests that our refer- 


ence to M. Ex. Comp. Davison as a Scotsman is somewhat far- 
off the mark. We are sorry to hear it as being of Scotch descent, 
or should we say decent Scotch, we rather favor those who hail 
from Old Scotia. We take it that Comp. Davison is Irish and 
content ourselves with the somewhat terse comment: — 

"We have met some really fine Irishmen also". 

Thanks, Comp. Verge, for a most friendly review. 

Following the Election of Officers, J. E. Rannard was duly 
installed as Grand First Principal. Edmonton was selected 
as the next place of meeting. 

F. S. Watson represents our jurisdiction in Alberta, while 
at this writing, owing to the lamented death of M. Ex. Comp. 
John M. Empey, who for years represented Alberta, the posi- 
tion of Grand Representative of Alberta is temporarily 

Since writing the above, we learn with pleasure of the 
appointment of Col. R. V. Conover to fill the vacancy caused 
by the death of Comp. Empey. 


John H. Orthel, Grand High Priest. 

Henry A. Drachman, Grland Secretary. 

The Fifty-second Annual was held on April 7, 1942, in 
the city of Tucson. 

Grand Chapter having been opened in ample form, officially 
received ten of Arizona's "Old Guard". These Past Grand 
High Priests and thirty-one Grand Representatives Were asked 
to take the places, allotted to them in Grand Chapter. 

Honored guests from Colorado and California together with 
representatives of Knights Templar and Grand Council were 
warmly greeted and suitably welcomed. 

In his opening address, the G.H.P. reminded the Com- 
panions that it was but fitting that Grand Chapter should 
meet in Tucson as it was in this City some fifty-two years 
ago that five Chapters met to organize the G.C. of Arizona. 
He referred in sympathetic terms to the passing of many 
members including two Past Grand High Priests. 

Among his visitations we note with more than ordinary 
interest his reference to an outdoor meeting held in Winslow. 
Unfortunately while the degree was in progress, the weather 
became inclement and forced a retirement to the Temple. This 


outdoor meeting is somewhat unique to Canadians as nothing 
of this kind is permitted in Canada, where all ritualistic cere- 
monies are carried on in buildings consecrated and dedicated 
for Masonic use. 

The G.H.P. announced the appointment of several Grand 
Representatives, granted six dispensations and approved the 
By-laws of several Chapters. He refers to new Chapters being 
formed within the Jurisdiction. We are happy to note this 
evidence of Royal Arch activity. 

The comment on Life Membership also attracts our atten- 
tion; this is a bugbear in all Jurisdictions and seldom is of 
benefit to the Constituent Chapters. The G.H.P. recommends 
a special committee be appointed to work out this vexed prob- 
lem on an .actuarial basis. From lengthy experience, we sug- 
gest that this is the only equitable method of dealing with Life 

In concluding, he expressed his entire satisfaction on the 
progress that is being made, and thanked his officers for their 
assistance during the year. 

Finances appear sound according to the Grand Treasurer's 
report, this is no doubt due to the policy of financing well 
within Grand Chapter's budget. 

The Grand Secretary in his report records an increase in 
membership, this must be very encouraging to all those respon- 
sible, especially in these days when decreases far exceed the 
Grand Chapters which report an increase in membership. 
May we extend our humble congratulations. 

The Committee on Necrology presented a very beautiful 
report, concluding with the well-known poem of William Cullen 
Bryant, the first four lines of which we quote : — 


"When to the common rest that crowns our days, 
Called in the noon of life, the good man goes, 
Or full of years, and ripe in wisdom, lays 
His silver temples in their last repose." 

Honorary membership was conferred upon M. Ex. Comp. 
Pratz, and R. Ex. Comp. Young of Colorado. 

The Committee on Correspondence presented a brief report, 
while Comp. M. R. McDaniel expressed his regret that he had 
been unable to prepare the customary Capitular Reviews. He 
recommended that an appointment be made so that reviews 
would be available next year. May we convey to Comp. Mc- 


Daniel our sincere regret that he is forced to discontinue his 
work as Reviewer. We have read his reviews with great 
interest and have felt that he was an able, and extremely cap- 
able correspondent. We shall miss his writings. 

Walter Dubree was elected, installed and proclaimed as 
Grand High Priest. 

At the close of Grand Chapter, the Order of High Priest- 
hood convened. 

Canada's representative in Arizona is J. H. Barret, while 
one of our most active and energetic craftsmen, Percy W. 
Rogers of Toronto, holds the commission of Arizona near our 
Grand Chapter. 


E. W. St. John, Grand High Priest. 

John Q. Wolf, Grand Secretary. 

The Ninety-third Annua] Convocation was held in Little 
Rock on November 20, 1941. Grand Chapter was duly opened 
by M. Ex. Camp. St. John, the Grand Chaplain Rev. R. D. 
Adams offering up prayer. 

Six Past Grand High Priests of Arkansas were received 
and suitably honored. Grand Representatives from twenty- 
nine jurisdictions were presented at the Altar. 

Gtfand Chapters from Canada and other parts of the British 
Empire, are listed as Foreign Jurisdictions. We in Canada 
have long since substituted Sister Jurisdictions for Foreign 
Jurisdictions— feeling that within the realm of Masonry na- 
tionalities and international boundary lines should be forgot- 
ten in our effort to further the cause of this universal Brother* 

The annual address of M. Ex. Camp. St. John is a model of 
brevity. In crisp business-like terms he outlines his visits 
and official acts. He concludes his address with a suggestion 
that the Constitution and Digest of Laws should be revised 
and brought to-date. 

He alsoi extends his thanks for the honor conferred upon 
him and asked for his successor a continuance of the loyalty 
and support accorded him during his regime. 

Arkansas is to be congratulated upon being one of the all 
too-few jurisdictions which record an increase in membership. 
Finances also appear to be in healthy condition. 

Distinguished visitors were received and honored, among 
these we note the names of Comp. William Myers, High Priest 


of Island Chapter of Cuba, and M. Wor. Bro. W. D. Billingsly, 
Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Arkansas. 

A memorial service was held by Rev. R. D. Adams, this 
took the form of a tribute to those who have passed to the 
Great Beyond. 

We regret that no report on Fraternal Correspondence 
appears in the proceeding's. The elections resulted in the 
unanimous selection of Comp. B. 0. Adanns as Grand High 
Priest, and among the others elected we are pleased to note 
that J. Q. Wolf continues as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood then convened in Annual 

Geo. H. Wright represents Canada in Arkansas, while 
Major A. G. M. Bradshaw performs a like duty for Arkansas 
near our Grand Chapter. Comp, Bradshaw replaces Fred W. 
Elliott whose death occurred recently. 


Geo. E, L. MacKinnon, Grand Z. 

Geo. H. Mackay, Grand Scribe E. 

The Twenty-fourth Annual Convocation was held in Vic- 
toria on June 17th, 1942. 

Grand Chapter opened in ample form, followed by prayers 
by 1 M. Ex. Comp. S. Fea, Grand Registrar. 

Twelve Past Grand Z.'s and twenty-nine Grand RepresentiaK 
tives were in attendance. Visitors included delegations from 
the Grand Chapters of Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba. 

M. Ex. Comp. MacKinnon delivered an eloquent address 
covering his official acts for the year. Shorn of banalities and 
lacking that verbiage which makes such addresses lengthy 
and in many cases tiresome reading, the Grand Z. sets forth 
a report of his stewardship in a direct and readable manner. 

In his opening remarks, he reminds Grand Chapter that its 
formation took place twenty-three years ago. We quote a 
line or two: — 

"At that time Europe was gradually rising from the ruins caused 
by the Great War. Today we find practically the whole world engaged 
in the greatest war of aggression of all time. As far as the United 
Nations are concerned, their side of the question is absolutely clear. 
They seek no aggrandizement, territorial or otherwise." 

The Grand Z. referred fittingly to the death of M. Ex. 
Comp. Frank C. Bird, who for years had given service to 


Grand Chapter as Grand Scribe E. He appointed M. Ex. 
Comp. Geo. H. Maekay, acting* Grand Scribe E., pending action 
of Grand Chapter at the Annual Convocation. 

May we interject a comment here upon the passing of M. 
Ex. Comp. Bird. Report of his death comes as a shock to 
many of us in Eastern Canada, who, while not knowing him 
personally, have learned to appreciate his value as Grand 
Scribe E. of British Columbia. We have had considerable 
correspondence and always found him courteous and extremely 
friendly. We tender sincere sympathies in the loss of this 
great Mason. 

Dispensations and Rulings were few in number and of 
purely local interest. M. Ex. Comp. MacKinnon records his 
many visits within the jurisdiction and expressed his regret 
that circumstances were such that he was unable to accept 
any invitations from Sister GrancT Chapters. 

He has a word to say with reference to the Grand Master's 
War Sacrifice Fund and feeling that some contribution should 
be made to this worthy cause, sent a letter to every Chapter 
asking for a donation of fifty cents per member. He thanks 
those who so generously responded. We note that approxi- 
mately $1,000.00 was thus subscribed. 

He doses a fine address with words of appreciation for 
those who assisted him during the past year. 

The Grand Treasurer's report indicates finances are in a 
healthy condition, while the Grand Scribe E. records an almost 
insignificant decrease in membership. (Considering the stress 
of the times through which we are passing, we suggest that 
British Columbia has every reason to be proud of its year's 

The Grand Superintendents' reports are interesting and in- 
dicate that throughout the jurisdiction Royal Arch Masonry is 
active, virile and interested. 

A memorial portrait of the late M. E. Comp. Bird em- 
bellishes the proceedings; accompanying the portrait is a 
brief memorial, concluding with this beautiful thought: — 

"The heights by Masons reached and kept 
Were not attained by sudden flight 
But they, while their Companions slept, 
Were toiling upward in the night." 

J. J. Miller presents the Review of Sister Jurisdictions. 
His "Foreword" is written in characteristic style and contains 


many sage comments on conditions in general. We like his 
reference to his colleagues of the Round Table and while space 
is limited, we can put it to no better use than by quoting a few 
lines which should strike a responsive chord in the heart of 
every correspondent who is privileged to read this Fore- 
word: — 

"A wonderful Friendship has developed among the Knights of the 
Round Table. A beautiful Friendship among men who have never 
personally met each other, and perhaps will never meet each other. 

"That Friendship is also engendered in the hearts of all Companions 
who read our reviews, and who know, that same friendship overflows 
into the outside world among men of goodwill. It is one great pulse of 
existence, a wonderful expansion of the friendly spirit so much needed 
in the world today. May our labours as Fraternal Correspondents bring 
us still closer together in the bonds of Friendship and Brotherly Love. 
This for my Fellows of the Round Table." 

Turning first to Canada, we find that Comp. Miller has 
generously devoted two-and-one-half pages to note and com- 
ment on our 1942 Convocation. He even notes the presence 
of the Chief Constable, who escorted the Mayor to Grand 
Chapter, where he delivered a Civic welcome. We too, were a 
little concerned about the Chief Constable's presence, but were 
somewhat relieved when we learned that this estimable gentle- 
man is a very active Royal Arch Mason, 

We appreciate Comp. Miller's sympathetic reference to the 
lamented death of M. Ex. Comp. John M. Empey, than whom 
our Grand Chapter has never produced a finer, or more lovable 
character. Glowing tribute is paid to the Report on the Con- 
dition of Capitular Masonry. It is termed a good report, to 
which comment we can but add our applause. 

Liberal space is devoted to our last review with several 
quotations from our Foreword. Comp. Miller refers modestly 
to our expressions of appreciaition of his splendid reviews. 
Anything complimentary that we may have ,said in our last 
review was entirely merited and still holds, our opinion not 
having changed one iota since reading the 1942 Reviews. Again 
thanks, "J.J." for a verbal bouquet which we shall file away 
in our mental archives among our treasured memories. 

John M. Burden, our Grand "H." is privileged to represent 
British Columbia near our Grand Chapter. Harry H. Watson 
gives us faithful representation in British Columbia, and to 
him we take the occasion to send our annual greeting. 



Arthur F. Thomas, Grand High Priest. 

Thomas A. Davies, Grand Secretary. 

The Eighty-eighth Annual Convocation was held on April 
17, 1942, in ithe City of San Francisco. 

Grand Chapter opened in ample form by M. Ex. Camp. 
Thomas, followed by prayer by the Grand Chaplain and the 
colourful ceremony of saluting- the United States Flag-. 

Leaders of other branches of Masonry were received and 
appropriately honoured ; these included Grand Council, Knights 
Templar and the Grand Lodge of California. 

Eleven Past Grand High Priests were received with full 
Masonic honours. Thirty-four Grand Representatives answered 
the roll call and were fittingly received and welcomed. Angus 
L. Cavanagh responded for Canada. 

Two survivors of the 1906 earthquake were in attendance 
and received the usual welcome. It appeals to this correspond- 
dent that this is not only a pleasing but a most novel innova- 
tion, and it is most interesting- to note that the number of 
these Companions have dwindled to two. Long- may they be 
spared to answer to their names in Grand Chapter. 

The address of High Priest Thomas is unusually brief, this 
no doubt is due to the fact that all visitations are covered in a 
separate report, This appeals to us as rather a nice idea. 
From the address proper, we quote a few pertinent sen- 
tences : — 

•'Never has there been an occasion when our motives have been so 
seriously challenged. Never have there been opportunities presented to 
show the world-at-large why Masonry is such a bulwark of strength, a 
power for good which with the united efforts of all its component parts, 
its individual members, lodges, chapters, and other allied and auxiliary 
bodies, will as it has from time immemorial stand the acid test and 
prove a worthy contender against all opposing forces and forever con- 
tinue to uphold the principles of truth . Never has there been a time 
when Masonry can prove to be the sanctuary and the refuge to thos* 
who not only come within its sphere and are entitled to its support, 
but also to all humanity seeking its benevolence." 

M. Ex. Comp. Thomas covers his appointments, dispensar- 
tions and decisions. These, of course, all being' routine, re- 
quire no comment. Under " Recommendations' ' he suggests 
that no field officer of Grand Chapter be permitted to hold 
office for longer than five successive years. The object, of 
course, is to make use of the talent of many who are active 
and ambitious but who under existing conditions, can not be 


placed in office because so many Deputy Grand Lecturers re- 
main in office for lengthy periods. We may say that in Can- 
ada we change these officers every year. 

Under "Condition of the Craft" the Grand High Priest 
suggests that there is still room for improvement in the 
ritualistic effort. He also speaks of the losses sustained dur- 
ing the year, but offers the comforting thought that they are 
an improvement over the previous year. 

Speaking of "Activities" Comp. Thomas has this to say: — 

"Time is an element that permits no vacillating emotions. Those 
who are in charge of their respective Chapters should be prompt in 
putting into effect those things which they have planned for the further 
enlightenment and entertainment of the Companions who look to them 
for leadership." 

This terse statement is, in our opinion, applicable to Chap- 
ters in all Jurisdictions. 

The Grand High Priest concludes a truly fine address with 
these words: — 

"Our Ritual contains so many references to courage and fortitude, 
zeal and fidelity, union and friendship, that I cannot refrain- from once 
again urging every Companion to serve his Chapter and Grand Chap- 
ter to the utmost of his ability." 

"Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes 
And adversity is not without comfort and hopes." 

While the Grand Secretary records a rather serious mem- 
bership loss, the Grand Treasurer's report indicates a balanced 
budget and a sound financial position. 

A resolution was presented and subsequently adopted, 
authorizing Chapters to remit the dues of members serving 
in the Armed Forces. Where Chapters adopt this procedure, 
the per capita tax to Grand Chapter is also* remitted. 

The Constitution was amended by resolution which is aimed 
at preventing the use of any Royal Arch badge, jewel or 
insignia by a suspended or expelled Royal Arch Mason. This 
apparently can be made effective in California under a definite 
clause in the Penal Code of the State. 

Th report on Fraternal Correspondence is splendidly writ- 
ten by William T.. Paullin. His "Foreword" is a literary gem. 
He deals with Masonic conditions but carries us far beyond 
this into the realm of world-wide affairs. His reference to 
war conditions are interesting and timely. We quote a few 
sentences each of which contain a wholesome truth: — 


"Today is man's richest possession. Progress does not solely depend 
upon our heritage from the past. If we are truly builders, today is 
the time to lay the foundation for the temple of the future." 

"In parts of the world where the necessities of war have already 
injected hindrances, not fancied but actual, Capitular Masons are still 
carrying on. Victory demands morale. To maintain morale, even as 
we sacrifice to supply needed man-power and materials, let us devote 
ourselves to the development of morale." 

"Remember always that, in the end, Justice will prevail however dark 
and foreboding the present may seem to be." 

In his review of Canada, Coinp. Paullin has been most 
thorough. He has searched out the salient points of our 1941 
Convocation and given ample coverage to each. Altogether, 
we should say that he has favored Canada with a capable and 
comprehensive review, for which we tender our thanks and 

Following" the Elections, Robert T. Minton was regularly 
installed as Grand High Priest. Comp. Davies continues, as 
Grand Secretary. 

California is represented in Canada by Charles H. Burgess, 
while our representative in California is Angus L. Cavanagh. 


Elum M. Russell, Grand High Priest. 

Charles A. Patton, Grand Secretary. 

The Sixty-seventh Annual Convocation held in Denver on 
September 18, 1941. 

Grand Chapter opened in ample form with M. Ex. Comp. 
Russell presiding. 

Fifteen Past Grand High Priests were in attendance and 
after a cordial welcome, were seated in the East. Visitors 
included representatives of the Order of High Priesthood, 
Knights Templar, Royal and Select Masters and Elmer E. 
Mag-ee, Grand High Priest of Nebraska. Having been officially 
greeted, these distinguished Companions were received with 
honours suitable to their rank. 

Forty-one Grand Jurisdictions were represented by their 
accredited Grand Representatives; we regret to note the ab- 
sense of Canada's representative. 

The address of the Grand High Priest is an example for 
others to emulate, concise, yet containing an adequate sum- 
mary of the year's work and leaving with the reader many 
thoughtful comments on world affairs, the whole being written 
in masterful and readable form. Among other serious com- 
ments he has this to say: — 


"In all human history civilization has never before faced such a 
catastrophe. All that Masonry builded into civilization during several 
centuries is toppling over like houses built upon the sand. A dozen 
countries who had learned to love Liberty, Equality and Fraternity are 
already doing homage to an insane despot, where Masonry is barred 
with danger of death ,or persecution worse than death, if it dares 
to advocate common decency for innocent peoples. Masonry laid the 
foundations of this great government of ours, incorporating its tenets 
into the very vitals of its organization and its supreme law. Masonry 
has, persistently, defended all that makes this country great, and I 
have to believe that the Craft will continue to build and defend, until 
the world shall reflect its teachings in the reconstructed civilization after 
peace again dares to settle down upon the earth." 

To all of which this scribe utters a fervent Amen. 

Routine matters such as decisions, by-laws, dispensations 
and visitations are all briefly covered, but as with one excep- 
tion, they contain matters of local interest only, we have no 
comment. The one item we should like to note deals with M. 
Ex. Comp. Russell's contemplated visit to Canon City Chapter. 
This visit was not completed due to a very serious accident 
which occurred on the journey and resulted in the Grand 
High Priest and Mrs. Russell being taken to the hospital where 
they spent several weeks. We sincerely trust that by this 
time they, have fully recovered from their harrowing experi- 

M. Ex. Comp. Russell closes a most interesting address 
with these words : — 

"If I should indulge in making any recommendations, it would be 
that we hold fast to the faith once delivered to the fathers, and work 
and sweat, to the end that Masonry shall stand as the bulwark of free 
men, and that Liberty, Equality and Fraternity shall not fail from the 

From the Grand Lecturer's report, we note that the assets 
of the fifty-one Chapters composing this Jurisdiction are 
$387,000.00, an increase of $4,400.00 over the preceeding year. 

We cannot overlook a comment on the wisdom of adopting 
a policy such as we have in Canada, Where a "Z." or High 
Priest cannot be installed into office until a certificate of fit- 
ness is furnished by a special examining committee, and Where 
it is impossible for a Companion to preside over a Chapter 
unless he is capable of conferring all degrees. We note that 
the Grand Lecturer reports eighteen High Priests as unable 


to confer any part of any degree. If this were a general con- 
dition obtaining throughout the realm of Masonry, it should 
not be difficult to explain why lack of interest among the mem- 
bership is becoming increasingly apparent. 

Finances of Grand Chapter appeaj to be in excellent con- 
dition and evidently well managed. 

It is with silent, but sincere applause, that we greet the 
opening comments of the Committee on Correspondence. Un- 
like so many that flounder in the darkness and fail to see the 
stars, this Committee presents a report that is marked by a 
spirit of optimism and confidence. How direly we need some- 
one to bolster our faltering faith. We quote a line or two 
from the opening and closing paragraphs: — 

"Notwithstanding ours is a fateful day and generation, a world 
overwhelmed with sorrow, suffering and death, the Correspondence 
Committee finds comfort in reporting that Royal Arch Masonry is con- 
tinuing with renewed energy its lofty purpose of duty to God and to 
the final achievement of goodwill among men." 

"Considering as a whole the forty-nine Jurisdictions within our own 
country, there is increased confidence in the present, and hope well 
founded for the future, that Royal Arch Masonry, having weathered a 
devastating calamity, is returning to active duty in its chosen field 
of usefulness — that of endeavouring to induce the children of God to 
dwell together in peace and harmony." 

Following the election of Officers, Clark A. Pratz was regu- 
larly installed as Grand High Priest. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

"dorado is represented in Canada by Albert E. Bryson, 
while Jule S. Vaughan is our representative in Colorado. 


J. Fred Porteous, Grand High Priest. 

William L. Cort, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Forty-fourth Annual Convocation 
held in Hartford, on May 12, 1942. 

After presenting the Colours and the singing of the 
National Anthem, M. Ex. Comp. Porteous opened Grand Chap- 
ter in ample form. 

Visitors were then announced and received; these hailed 
from New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, 
Virginia and Delaware. The Grand Master of Grand Council, 
the Grand Commander of Knights Templar and last, but cer- 
tainly not least, M. Wor. Bra. Keeler, Grand Master of Grand 


Lodge were introduced and warmly greeted with all the 
honours befitting their respective ranks. 

The Grand High Priest's address is at once interesting, 
illuminative, and instructive. After greeting the Companions, 
he pays tribute to the Fraternal Dead, enumerates his many 
dispensations, which, by the way are of local interest only, 
and records a great many changes among the Grand Repre- 

Visitations are fully covered, and ^a perusal of these would 
indicate that Comp. Porteous spent many very pleasant hours 
among his Chapters. 

This fine address closes with a full quotation of Kipling's — 
"THE PALACE"— We should like to reproduce this in its 
entirety, but lack of space forbids ; we content ourselves with 
giving you the first verse only: — 

"When I was a King and a Mason — a Master proven and skilled — 
I cleared me ground for a palace such as a King should build. 
I decreed and dug down to my levels. Presently, under the silt, 
I came on the wreck of a Palace such as a King had built." 

The report of the various officers deal mostly with visits 
throughout the jurisdiction and impresses us that the unflagg- 
ing interest of these officers must be productive of much good. 

The finances of Connecticut appears to be solid and com- 
forting. We note that $2,000.00 was drawn from the Reserve 
Fund and placed in the hands of the Trustees. A small loss 
in membership is recorded. 

George C. Devaul presented the Committee on Memorials 
report, which, while brief, is beautifully worded. We quote 
the opening words : — 

"In the event of life, death is but a counterpart. In youth we 
shun it, in middle age we contemplate it and in old age we are resigned 
to it, but, after all, it is but the parting of the veils which lead into 
the realms of Life Eternal, into the Holy of Holies above." 

It is interesting to note that in the settling of an Estate, 
the records of Lynch Chapter, No. 8, were located and delivered 
into the custody of Grand Chapter. This old Charter is dated 
October 15, 1807. 

No report on Correspondence appears, much to our regret. 

Walter L. Taft was elected and duly installed as Grand 
High Priest, while William L. Cort continues in office as Grand 

The Order of High Priesthood followed at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 


Geo. N. Delap is Canada's faithful representative in Con- 
necticut, while Harvey J. Milne is Connecticut's representative 
near our Grand Chapter. 


Chas. R. Cannon, Grand High Priest. 

John W. Macklem, Grand Secretary. 

The Seventy-third Annual Convocation held in Wilmington 
on January 15, 1941. 

Grand Chapter having been declared open, visitors from 
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, District of Columbia, 
Maryland, Connecticut, Virginia and Maine were introduced 
and extended a fraternal greeting. 

Representatives of Royal and Select Masters and the 
Grand Lodge of Delaware were then received and welcomed 
with suitable honours. 

The Grand High Priest delivered an earnest address in 
which he fully covers his official acts for the past year. Visita- 
tions and appointments, as well as dispensations, were sur- 
prisingly few. 

Under ''Condition of the Craft" he speaks with confidence 
of the future and predicts an increase in membership. Deal- 
ing with war conditions, Comp. Cannon has this to say: — 

"We have noted with concern the activities of certain organizations 
arid groups whose principles, theories and tenets conflict with the funda- 
mental principles of Masonry, in that they seek to destroy all ordered 
and constitutional government, the rights of citizens of such govern- 
ments to liberty, to freedom of speech, conscience and to the fruits of 
their honest labour. They would destroy the family ak an institution 
and wipe out every other institution in the community which fosters and 
encourages patriotism, morality and religion. They would rear youth 
in the belief that to worship Almighty God is the mark of superstition 
and decadence." 

He concludes an inspiring address with a reminder that 
Freemasonry was present at the signing of the Magna Charta 
and the Declaration of Independence. 

Thirty Grand Jurisdictions were represented by Grand Rep- 
resentatives who were received and officially greeted. Canada's 
representative failed to respond to the roll call. 

Grand Treasurer's and Grand Secretary's reports indicate 
that despite the unusual conditions prevailing, finances ap- 
pear sound, while membership loss was exceedingly small. 


The report of the Committee on Memorials is an eloquent 
tribute to the Fraternal Dead. We quote the following from 
this most impressive report: — 

"The lights have gone out in their mansions of clay. 
The veils drawn open and souls fled away; 
They silently moved out of earth living night, 
To take up abodes in the Heaven of Light." 

The Committee on Foreign Correspondence presents a re- 
port which for brevity is in a class by itself. Frank L. Harrar 
for the Committee, laconically states that the proceedings of 
the various Grand Chapters have been received and filed. 

George E. Vandegrift was elected and installed as Grand 
High Priest. Comp. Macklem continues as Grand Secretary. 

Grand chapter then closed and Order of High Priesthood 

Canada is represented in Delaware by George S. Scott, 
while another "George" is privileged to represent Delaware 
in Canada; we refer to that Masonic veteran, George W. 
Slack, of Toronto. 


The Earl of Harewood, Pro First Grand Principal. 

General Sir Francis Davies, Second Grand Principal. 

Rev. Canon H. Curtis, Third Grand Principal. 

Sydney A. White, Grand Scribe E. 

Quarterly Convocation of the Supreme Grand Chapter held 
in Freemasons' Hall, London, November 5, 1941. In the ab- 
sence of the First Grand Principal, the Duke of Kent, M. Ex. 
Comp. Curtis opened Grand Chapter in Antient and Solemn 

The report of the Committee of General Purposes was 
received. This report dealt with administrative matters and 
paid tribute to the honoured dead. It is with more than pass- 
ing interest that we note that the Committee have petitions 
for the formation of two new Chapters- It is most remarkable 
that Royal Arch Masonry in England seems so active under 
the existing war conditions. In Canada and in the United 
States, Masonry in all its ramifications seems to be labouring 
under the stress of the times and we are proud and happy to 
note that our kinsmen in the Old Land continue the even 
tenor of their way despite the fact that they are, as His 
Majesty The King so aptly puts it — "All in the Front Line." 

The Committee also record requests for removal of a 


number of Chapters from their presnt meeting place to more 
suitable quarters. One of these is from Rosario Chapter in the 
Argentine Republic. 

Nine Chapters request "Charters of Confirmation" to re- 
place Charters destroyed by fiire. This seems ominous and 
no doubt may be attributed to the loss through buildings being 
destroyed by enemy action. In view of the restrictions on 
the manufacture of Masonic regalia, permission is granted 
members to appear without sashes where they have been un- 
able to obtain them. 

Quarterly held May 6, 1942. M. Ex. Comp. Curtis on the 
Throne. The Committee of General Purposes report petitions 
for two new Chapters, one in South Wales and the other in 
Nigeria. Two more requests for New Charters were received 
replacing those lost by fire. 

At this meeting members of the Committee of General 
Purposes were appointed and elected for the ensuing twelve 

The officers for the year were also declared and appointed. 
As remarked in our last review, we are very much in favour 
of the English system in which the Principal Officers all hold 
corresponding rank in Grand Lodge and for indefinite terms. 
Thus the Grand Master automatically becomes First Grand 
Principal, the Pro Grand Master the Pro First Grand Principal 
and the Grand Senior Warden the Second Grand Principal. 
This custom, we note, does not, however, obtain in the lower 
ranks, thus ensuring promotion to the meritorious- 

As the proceedings for the September, 1942, Quarterly 
Convocation have not been received, we have no knowledge as 
to who is to be the successor to His Royal Highness, the Duke 
of Kent, whose tragic death while on active serivce occurred 
on August 25, 1942. In the death of our distinguished brother, 
Masonry has lost an able exponent of our Masonic Art. As 
Most Worshipful Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of 
England, First Grand Principal of the Supreme Grand Chapter 
of England, and Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark 
Master Masons of England and Wales, he endeared himself 
to his Masonic brethren by his interest on their behalf, by his 
gracious support to Masonry in all its branches, and by his 
charming personality. He assumed the duties of these high 
and important offices on the retirement of his Royal brother, 
Has Majesty the King, thus retaining an unbroken link be- 
tween the Royal Family and Freemasonry. We share with 
our brethren of the Homeland, the profound sorrow and re- 


gret in the loss of one whose every action marked him as a 
true Mason in every sense of the term, one whom we in Can- 
ada have learned to honour and respect. May the God of our 
Fathers look down and guide our brethren and Companions 
of England in the difficult task of selecting a successor to him 
whom we have loved long since and lost awhile. 


The Earl of Stradbroke, Pro Grand Master. 

Rev. Canon Frederick Halsey, Deputy Grand Master. 

Sir Thomas Lumley Smith, Grand Secretary. 

Quarterly Communication held in Freemasons' Hall, Lon- 
don, September 2, 1941, the Deputy Grand Master presiding. 
Grand Lodge was opened in due form, the Deputy Grand 
Master referring to the absence of the Grand Master, who was 
at that time in Canada. The General Board presented its 
quarterly report, including the names of many brethren whose 
appointments by the Grand Master to offices in Grand Lodge 
were confirmed. 

A statement of the Mark Benevolent Fund was read as 
also a record of the relief granted during the months of June 
and July. No further business was introduced and Grand 
Lodge closed in due form with the singing of the National 

Quarterly held December 2, 1941. Col. Sir Arthur Hol- 
brook acting as Grand Master. After the opening ceremonies, 
the Acting Grand Master read a telegram from the Pro Grand 
Master, the Earl of Stradbroke, expressing his regret at his 
inability to be present. We learn with interest that the Pro 
Grand Master recently celebrated his seventy-ninth birthday. 

The General Board report contains details of the admini- 
stration of the business of Grand Lodge and records a number 
of appointments. The Board also advised that the Grand 
Master ruled owing to the expense and difficulty of obtaining 
coupons, white gloves may now be dispensed with at all meet- 
ings of Mark Master Masons. This ruling brings home very 
forcibly the rigorous rationing of our English brethren. 
Grand Lodge closed in form. 

Quarterly held June 2, 1942, The M. Worshipful the Grand 
Master, the Duke of Kent, presiding. 

Grand Lodge was opened in ample form. The usual report 
of the General Board was received. Fitting ref erenc was made 
to the death of a number of Grand Lodge Officers, while a re- 


port on the Grand Lodge library, appointments and the dis- 
pensation of charitable grants were also incorporated in the 
report of the General Board. At this Convocation His High- 
ness, the Duke of Kent, was re-appointed Grand Master, while 
the Earl of Stradbroke and the Rev. Frederick Halsey were 
re-appointed Pro Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master 
respectively. From the address of the Pro Grand Master, we 
quote a line or two which indicate that notwithstanding the 
handicaps of war, Masonry in England is still active, virile 
and progressive: — 

"It must be gratifying to you, Most Worshipful Sir, to know that 
Lodges are meeting regularly in spite of difficulties of transport and 
other disabilities and that Lodges are well attended by their members. 
This, no doubt, is largely owing to the lead you have given us and to 
the encouragement which you have always shown to us." 

From the Grand Master's address, these words will un- 
doubtedly assume historical value, as this was the last Masonic 
meeting attended by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Kent: — 

"I am glad to see such a large attendance here today, and to know 
that even in these difficult times, Lodges throughout the country con- 
tinue to meet as regularly as possible. I need hardly remind you, 
Brethren, that at the present time, it is necessary to exercise economy in 
every way possible, and if this is borne in mind, I am certain that our 
Masonic gatherings are of great benefit to all who can attend them, as 
a respite from the various duties which they are rendering in the service 
of King and Country." 

Grand Lodge closed in ample form, the brethren singing 
the National Anthem. Not having received the proceedings of 
later communications, we, of course, can make no reference to 
the successor to the late Grand Master, a tribute to whose 
memory appears in our review of the Supreme Grand Chapter. 
Like all other branches of the Masonic Craft, the Grand Lodge 
of Mark Master Masons has suffered an irreparable loss in 
the lamented death of its beloved ruler, the Duke of Kent. 


F. A. Reigal, Grand High Priest. 

S. R. Hall, Grand Secretary. 

The Ninety-sixth Annual Convocation held in Miami on 
May 18, 1942. 

Grand Chapter was opened in ample form, M. Ex. Comp. 
Reigal presiding. 

Other jurisdictions were represented by their duly ac- 


credited Grand Representatives — thirty-one answering the 
roll. We regret the absence of Canada's representative. 

The Grand Commander, Knights Templar, Grand Master 
of Grand Council, and Harry Sherman from the GC. of Iowa 
were introduced and fraternally welcomed. 

M. Ex. Camp. Reigal presented his annual address. In this 
he gave an '.abridged report of his official acts for the year. 
Visitations were few in number, while the recorded dispensa- 
tions consisted of but one request to change an initiation fee. 
The Grand High Priest referred feelingly to the deaths of 
the Grand Secretary, and M. Ex. Comp. Joseph R. Keller. 
May we interject at this juncture, an expression of sympathy 
from the Grand Chapter of Canada. As your Grand Secretary, 
M. Ex. Comp. Fish's name was well-known and respected by 
Fraternal Correspondents throughout the Capitular world. 
Masonry in general and Florida in particular have lost the 
services of an able exponent of our Masonic Art. 

M. Ex. Comp. Reigal closes his brief address with a word 
of thanks to the Grand Officers and Past Grand High Priests 
for assistance rendered during his term of office. 

The Grand Treasurer's report indicates that disbursements 
exceeded receipts by $1,062.54. This is rather to be expected, 
as the Grand Secretary records a loss in membership of some 
fifty Companions. 

A message of cordial greetings and good wishes was re- 
ceived from Hon. S. L. Holland, Governor of Florida, to which 
Grand Chapter wired an appropriate acknowledgement. 

The Committee on Jurisprudence approved all of the acts 
of the G.H.P. with the exception of one wherein he gave a dis- 
pensation to lower fees of a subordinate Chapter to a figure 
less than the minimum set by by the Constitution. 

A resolution was passed covering the remission of dues 
of all members serving in the Armed Forces. A further reso- 
lution was adopted Which compels all Chapters to set aside 
fees for degrees that they may establish a fund for assistance 
to widows, orphans and indigent members, 

F. Wm. Schultz was elected to the honourable position of 
Honorary Past Grand High Priest for services rendered to the 
craft. Regalia suitable to his rank is to be presented by Grand 

Following the Election of Officers, William L, Marshall was 
regularly installed as Grand High Priest, John B. Phelps be- 
comes Grand Secretary. 


No Fraternal Correspondence report appears in the pro- 
ceedings although provision has been made for a correspondent 
among the Standing Committees appointed. 

The order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

Chester DeRocher is Canada's representative in Florida. 
Owing to the death of R. Ex. Comp. J. H. Cowan of Gait, Can- 
ada loses a valued and beloved Craftsman, and Florida a Grand 
Representative, who has ever been faithful to the trust reposed 
in him. We have no hesitation in commending to the fraternal 
care of our friends in Florida, Kenneth Carrie, of Toronto, 
whose appointment, vice J. H. Cowan deceased, has just been 


J. Warner Neal, Grand High Priest, 

W. J. Penn, Jr., Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Twentieth Annual Convocation held 
in the City of Macon, on April 29, 1942. 

Grand Chapter was opened according to prescribed form 
by M. Ex. Comp. Neal ; the Grand Chaplain led in prayer. 

Thirteen Past Grand High Priests answered the roll call. 
Georgia is to be congratulated upon the faithful attendance 
of its Grand Representatives. Fifty-two responded to the call 
and were asked to extend greetings to their respctive juris- 
dictions. Canada's representative was among those present. 

A resolution was presented and carried expressing approval 
of the splendid work of the Masonic Service Association among 
the armed forces and their families. A contribution was sug- 
gested from Grand Chapter and this matter was referred to 
the Finance Committee. This Committee approved the recom- 
mendation and arranged payment of the donation. 

The address of the Grand High Priest is short and con- 
cise; its brevity no doubt largely due to the elimination of the 
usual lengthy references to visitations among the Constituent 
Chapters. In his reference to the conditions prevailing in the 
outer world, he has this to say: — 

"We have heard of how Masonry has been banned in the countries 
they have conquered and we have heard direct from them by short- 
wave radio how they have 'exposed' our great President for being a 
Freemason. To me, such actions prove to be a great boost for Masonry, 
because today, even the most illiterate person knows that our enemies 
want to first suppress those things which stand for good and the better- 
ment of man. Masonry is, therefore, included by the dictators in this 
ban, along with the right to worship God." 


Under "Finance" he recommends the purchase of $2,200.00 
worth of U.S. Defence Bonds. He makes a further recommen- 
dation that all Chapters be asked to follow the lead of Grand 
Chapter and invest their surplus funds in the same manner. 

M. Ex. Comp. Neal favours a one- day session by which 
a saving of some $300.00 in expenses will be effected. He lists 
his many dispensations and appointments, refers fittingly to 
the Fraternal Dead and records the fact that no decisions 
were sought during the year. The address concludes with a 
word of appreciation to the Grand Secretary and the other 
officers for their assistance during his term of office. 

The Committee on the G.H.P.'s address approved all of his 
recommendations and official acts and ends with the follow- 

"The clock of life is wound but once 
And no man has the power 
To tell just when the hands will stop, 
At a late or early hour. 

•'Now is the only time you own; 
Love, live, toil with a will. 
Place no faith in tomorrow, 
For the clock may then be still. '- 

Distinguished guests included representatives of General 
Grand Council, General Grand Chapter, the Grand Council of 
Georgia, the Grand Commandery and we are happy to note, 
M. Wor. Bro. Z. Arnold, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge. 
All were cordially welcomed and duly honoured. 

From the Grand Secretary's report, we should say that 
felicitations are in order, as Georgia records a splendid in- 
crease in membership. It is indeed refreshing to learn that 
the Royal Arch is progressing in the right direction in Georgia, 
a condition that holds in all too-few of our jurisdictions. 

Georgia's finances appear to be healthy, a balanced budget 
with sound investments and an educational fund of $4,800-00 
being the high-lights of the Grand Treasurer's Report. Some 
$7,674.00 has been loaned to young men and women to assist 
in their education. 

The. report of the Committee on Generail Welfare concludes 
with a' s sentiment to which we all subscribe: — 

"During this period of war, worry and stress, we commend to our 
Companions, silence, patience and perseverance. Our duties should be 
to serve in silence, endure with patience and strive with perseverance 
until victory is ours and those thing's in which we as Masons most 
strongly believe are once again safe and secure/' 


Pleasant T. McCutchen presented his seventeenth report 
on Fraternal Correspondence. No foreword embellishes the 
reviews, but the procedingrs of many jurisdictions have been 
given brief yet careful coverage. Canada's meeting in Lon- 
don, 1941, is under review and nothing of moment appears 
to have been overlooked. He courteously refers to our last 
review as "A splendid epitome of the work and progress of 
the 53 Grand Chapters reported." Thanks Comp. McCutchen, 
for your kindly reference. May we counter with the comment 
that we thoroughly enjoy reviewing the proceedings of 
Georgia and appreciate to the full, your splendid reviews. 

John W. Riley was elected and duly installed as Grand 
High Priest. William J. Penn, Jr. was again elected Grand 

At the close of Grand Chapter, the Order of High Priest- 
hood held its Annual Convention. 

Tom B. Elf e is our representative in Georgia, while G. H. 
Hay ward has the honour to represent Georgia in Canada. 


R. V. Locey, Grand High Priest. 

Edward H. Way, Grand Secretary. 

The Thirty-fourth Annual held in Weiser on May 10, 1942. 
Grand Chapter having been opened in ample form, distin- 
guished guests were ushered in and cordially welcomed. These 
included a delegation from the Grand Chapter of Washington 
and the Grand Master of Royal and Select Masters of Idaho. 

Upon the roll of Grand Representatives being called, thirty- 
seven responded, including Canada's faithful representative. 

A message of felicitation and a beautiful basket of roses 
were received from the Order of The Eastern Star. 

M. Ex. Comp. Locey delivered an admirable address from the 
opening remarks of which we quote: — 

"Let ns face the future confident that RIGHT must prevail, and 
then be champions of the RIGHT. Carlyle wrote, "Our 1 Grand busi- 
ness undoubtedly is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do 
what lies clearly at hand*" 

Paying tribute to those who have unfurled their sails and 
sailed away to that unknown shore, the Grand High Priest uses 
this beautiful verse: — 

"Some few who have watched me sail away, 
Will miss my bark from the busy bay, 
Some friendly bark anchored near, 


Some loving soul my heart held dear 

Will drop for me a silent tear; 

But I shall have peacefully furled my sails 

In moorings secure from storms and gales, 

And be greeting my friends who have sailed before 

O'er the unknown sea to the unknown shore." 

His appointments, dispensations, decisions and visitations 
are all, fully set forth. These, of course, are all of local in- 
terest and call for no comment from this reviewer other than 
a reference may be made to a decision which prohibits a Com- 
panion frotm joining- a second Chapter without first d emitting 
from his original Chapter. Dual membership is not permitted 
in Idaho. In Canada, we permit a Companion to join as many 
Chapters as he wishes and as a result dual membership is 
carried to the extreme. While we do not altogether agree with 
Idaho's stand in this regard, we nevertheless, are inclined to 
think that we in Canada should place some limitation on the 
number of Chapters in which a Companion may hold mem- 

The Grand High Priest recommends that the Pledge to the 
United States Flag be incorporated into the opening cere- 
monies of Grand Chapter. 

M. Ex. Comp. Locey concludes his address with these 
words: — 

"And now, Companions, the MARK of my endeavours in your behalf 
is thus submitted for your consideration with the hope that it will 
meet the test and requirements of your Overseer's squares." 

The Grand Treasurer reports receipts over disbursements 
of $2,311.72 which is a splendid record, as is the report from 
the Grand Secretary that for the second consecutive year, 
Idaho records an increase in membership. Bravo, Idaho ! Would 
that this condition was more general throughout American 
and Canadian Jurisdictions. 

Frank G. Burroughs presents his twelfth review of Sis- 
ter Jurisdictions. His foreword, entitled "EDITORIALLY 
SPEAKING'' is quite interesting. He lists those Grand Chap- 
ters who are making progress in the matter of increased 
membership, and concludes by expressing the opinion that 
due to war conditions, that Royal Arch Masonry, in common 
with all other branches of the Order, is likely to suffer further 
losses in the current year. He expresses the fervent hope 
that the war may be over and Democracy saved by the time 
another year rolls by. We, too, are hoping for the best, but 


quite frankly, our optimism has not reached such heights that 
we look for a cessation of hostilities within the next twelve 

Canada, as usal, is courteously reviewed. Quotations from 
our Grand Z.'s address are given prominence, and reference 
made to one of his rulings. He refers to our reviews as "al- 
ways more than pleasing.' ' We always enjoy Comp. Bur- 
roughs' reviews and heartily reciprocate his friendly refer- 

Following the Election of Officers, J. G. Eldridge, together 
with his officers, were duly installed and invested. The retiring 
G.H.P., M. Ex. Comp. Locey, was presented with a watch as 
a token of esteem. 

As we look upon our well-worn time piece, we somehow re- 
gret that we too, did not pass through the chairs of the Grand 
Chapter of Idaho; not that we are covetous, but we must ad- 
mit that a nice watch makes a very desirable present. 

The City of Lewiston was selected as the next place of 
meeting. The Order of High Priesthood followed the close 
of Grand Chapter. 

Charles Hartung is Canada's representative in Idaho, while 
Fred Porterfield has the honour to represent Idaho near our 
Grand Chapter. 


John Y. Olsen, Grand High Priest. 

Edward E. Core, Grand Secretary. 

The Ninety-second Annual Convocation was held in Chi- 
cago on October 30, 1941. 

Grand Chapter opened in ample form, after which the 
Grand Chaplain led in the devotional exercises. 

Fourteen Past Grand High Priests were in attendance 
representing the glorious past of Grand Chapter. Perhaps 
no grand jurisdiction attracts more visitors to their Annual 
Convocation than Illinois. Good-fellowship abounds, hospital- 
ity is lavish, and the spirit of fraternity permeates the atmos- 
phere. Result — many guests. 

Among these, we note outstanding Craftsmen from Mani- 
toba, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Kansas and repre- 
sentatives of Grand Council, the Scottish Rite, Grand Com- 
mandery and the Grand Lodge of Illinois, 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Olsen is featured by a brief 
resume of the year's work, commencing with words of welcome 



to the delegates, a sympathetic reference to those who have 
crossed the "Great Divide" since last Convocation, with special 
reference to the lamented death of M. Ex. Comp. Mattison 
Boyd Jones, and an abridged report of his many official acts. 
Unlike many similar addresses, the G.H.P. does not devote 
pages to a review of his many visitations, but disposes of 
these in a brief paragraph. No decisions were given and very 
few dispensations. 

He refers to the appointment of a number of Grand Repre- 
sentatives, the holding of Grand Chaper Schools, and under 
the caption of "Condition of the Craft" states that in his 
opinion, much of the lack of interest in some Chapters is at- 
tributable to inefficiency on the part of the Secretary. This 
correspondent heartily agrees with this statement. Undoubt- 
edly an efficient Secretary is the first essential to success and 
a change of Secretary in many of our Chapters may well prove 
of great benefit to Royal Arch Masonry in general. 

The G.H.P.'s concluding remarks are characterized by 
brevity — a word of praise for his officers, of thanks for the 
privilege of occupying the high office he is about to vacate, 
and a plea for support and co-operation for his successor. 

The fiscal affairs of Illinois appear to be well managed, 
while investments appear sound and active, the total assets 
amounting to $111,665.00. 

From the Grand Secretary's report, we note that Illinois 
records a very substantial loss in membership; while nearly 
800 deaths are recorded, the heaviest loss comes through sus- 
pensions. We are inclined to think that all of our Grand Chap- 
ters would be well advised to lop off the dead branches so 
that the rest of the tree may flourish and gain strength. 
Apparently Illinois recognizes this condition which is evi- 
denced by the great number of Companions who have been 

From the report on the G.H.P.'s address, this tribute is 
noteworthy: — 

"Our Grand High Priest has worked for many years in the vineyard 
of Masonry. He has tended it well. He has guarded closely against 
'the little foxes that spoil the vine', the weeds of carelessness and indif- 
ference, the tares of discord and dissention. He has brought forth good 
vintage thereof and unto him has been rendered the fruits in their 
season, for he has been an excellent husbandman." 

The report on Necrology is beautifully written and pays 
tribute to the passing of many Craftsmen including M. Ex. 


Comp. G. W. Warvelle, and L. L. Emmerson, two of Illinois' 
most distinguished Masons. We quote a line from this elo- 
quently expressed tribute: — 

"Man may imprison and starve, may wound and kill the body, but 
the soul is beyond his reach, and is as impalpable to his touch as the 
sun's ray. The temple of the body may be reduced to ashes, but the 
spirit that animated the temple cannot be extinguished. The body, 
which is from man, man may take away, but the soul, which is from 
God, no man can destroy." 

From the address of M. Ex. Comp. Simmons of Manitoba, 
we cull the following ; — 

"Canada has the same sun as you have, the same moon and the 
same stars, and speaks the same language. We now are possibly mixed 
up in a little scrap, and I know that perhaps it is like the young man 
who digs into a fight, then he looks for some assistance, or feels that 
he needs it. And Canada appreciates today the assistance that they 
are getting from the United States." 

We heartily agree with Comp. Simmons' remarks and ex- 
press the opinion that this war is strengthening the tie that 
binds together those great champions of democracy, the 1 United 
States, Great Britain and the Commonwealth of Nations which 
we are proud to call "Our Empire." 

The address of the Grand Chaplain is a sparkling disserta- 
tion on a subject of interest to Craftsmen in every jurisdiction. 
We should like to reproduce it in its entirety but lack of space 
prevents. We quote one paragraph which carries a great 
truth : — 

"The Mystic tie that binds a Mason to a companion is one that has 
its seat in the noblest, the purest, and the deepest feeling of our nature, 
such as were David and Jonathan of old, bound together' by the ties 
of mutual confidence reposed and mutual benefits received; bound to- 
gether in the pursuit and practice of those virtues which palliate the 
ills and smooth the rugged paths of life." 

"Let man go abroad with just principles and what is he? An Inex- 
haustible fountain in a vast desert. A glorious sun dispelling every 
vestige of darkness. There is love animating his heart, sympathy 
breathing in every tone. Tears of pity gather in his eye and gush 
impetuously down his cheek. A good man is abroad and the world 
knows it and feels it." 

The Capitular Review is from the versatile and experi- 
enced pen of Everett R. Turnbull whose reviews are always a 
source of inspiration and delight to this correspondent. As 
usual, Comp, Turnbull's foreword is an epic, we quote the con- 
cluding lines: — 

"Therefore it is for us to continue unceasingly in our efforts to instil 


in the hearts of our membership the tenets of a Mason's profession and 
to follow the rule laid down by one of our greatest Masons: 

"The issues are with God; to do of right belongs to us; 

"Therefore, faint not, nor be weary in well-doing; be not discouraged 
by men's apathy nor disgusted with their follies, nor tired of their 
indifference. Care not for returns and results, but see only what there 
is to do, and do it, leaving the results to God." 

With avidity, we turn to his review of Canada; here we 
find that he has generously devoted nearly four pages to a 
commentary on our 1941 Convocation held in London. Liberal 
quotations from our Grand Z.'s address feature the review. 
Comp. Turnbull gives full coverage to the reports of the 
various Committees, and concludes with a lengthy excerpt 
from the Foreword of our last year's review. We note his 
comments on the subject of M. Ex. Comp* W. Y. Mills' con- 
duct during his visit to Illinois and we pass on to Comp. Mills 
his remark that Comp. Mills played no favourites, even though 
he was a "bit wholesale in his ideas." Despite this unfortunate 
predilection, it appears that Comp. Mills would again find 
warm welcome in Illinois. May we add that notwithstanding 
many narrow escapes, Comp. Mills still refuses to place his 
signature on that dotted line that would entitle him to a seat 
among the benedicts. Thanks, Comp. Turnbull, for a splendid 
review of our jurisdiction. 

Fred I. Mills was elected and duly installed as Grand High 
Priest. Edward E. Core continues as Grand Secretary. 
Chicago was again selected as the next place of meeting. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

Joseph J. Shelly represents Illinois in Canada, while Fred 
W. Soady is our faithful representative near the Grand Chap- 
ter of Illinois. 


Frank C. Zaieck, Grand High Priest. 

Charles C. Thomas, Grand Secretary. 

The Ninety-Sixth Annual held in Evansville on October 
22-23, 1941. 

Following the singing of the National Anthem and prayer 
by the Chaplain, M. Ex. Comp. Zaieck declared Grand Chap- 
ter duly open. Honoured guests were then presented and 
introduced ; these included a numerous delegation from Grand 
Council followed by representatives of Wisconsin, Michigan 


and Illinois. Delegates from the Grand Commandery and the 
Grand Lodge of Indiana, together with seventeen Past Grand 
High Priests, concluded the reception. All were cordially wel- 
comed and suitably honoured. Sister Jurisdictions were hon- 
oured through their Grand Representatives, fifty of whom 
were present, not overlooking Canada's valued and ever-faith- 
ful Wm. H. Baugh. 

The Grand High Priest's address is topically arranged and 
easily read. Under various captions ,Comp. Zaieck gives a 
complete report of his official acts during the year. Owing to 
heavy demands upon his time, the G.H.P. expresses regret at 
his inability to visit many Chapters and other organizations. 

Among his dispensations are two for the purpose of holding 
new elections owing to the High Priests declining to be in- 
stalled. This seems to us to be a singular condition. Surely 
these men should not have been in the line of officers if they 
were not interested enough to take the chair when elected 
thereto. However, we are viewing the matter at long range 
and perhaps there may have been some good reason for their 

Decisions and appointments are given considerable space 
but in these we find nothing of unusual interest. The address 
concludes with words of praise and appreciation to the various 
officers and Past Grand High Priests for their many courtesies 
and hearty co-operation. 

From the report on the Grand High Priest's address we 
cull the following: — 

"Concisely worded, a clarity of expression and a happy brevity is 
achieved without omission of essential substance. 

"Cicero is supposed to have replied to a similar observation upon 
one of his inimitable addresses to the senate of Greece: 'With more 
time at my disposal, I could have made it shorter'." 

The Grand Treasurer and Grand Secretary presented 
administrative reports from which we glean that while finances 
appear to be excellently controlled, membership nevertheless 
shows a somewhat alarming decrease. 

The Grand Lecturer informs us that despite losses, Capitu- 
lar Masonry is decidedly on the upgrade. 

The Committee on Foreign Relations presented a brief 
report the import of which was to the effect that in spite of 
world conditions, there is no lack of harmony throughout the 
Capitular world. The Committee also recommended that In- 
diana exchange Grand Representatives with Ireland. 


Under the title of "THE STONE THE BUILDERS 
REJECTED/' Rev. S. W. Robinson delivered a beautiful 
oration on a truly Masonic subject. The address commences 
with : — 

"Let there be Light: O God I need it. 
Let there be light: O Father speed it." 

We also quote a line of two which forcefully brings home 
a thought that has occurred to this correspondent many times 
during his lengthy Masonic career. We give you a few lines : — 

"From time immemorial Free Masonry has exercised the right to 
ask each of its members whence he came and whither he was travelling. 
That right is reciprocal and the individual Mason is equally entitled to 
demand of the Fraternity in turn that it shall tell in what springs of 
human aspiration it had its origin and to what depths of human 
needs it bends its course. 

"As Masons, if we have it clearly fixed in our minds by our Masonic 
teachings that there is a moral order in the World which we Humans 
did not create but only discover, and all too often we discover it by 
going against it and getting hurt, our contribution to the World will 
be available. We will have justified our existence." 

This is a splendid address and one we would fain repro- 
duce in its entirety should space permit. 

Many pages of Indiana's proceedings are devoted to beau- 
tifully written memorials to the memory of many distinguished 
Craftsmen who have passed to the great beyond during the 
past year. 

No Capitular Review appears in the proceedings. We trust 
that in the not too-distant future, Indiana may reinstate 
Capitular Reviews as a feature of their proceedings. 

Robert Ingalls having been elected Grand High Priest, was 
duly installed into office, together with his official line, includ- 
ing Comp. Thomas, who again assumes the duties of Grand 

French Lick was selected as the next place of meeting. The 
Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of Grand 

John B. Stevenson has the honour to represent Indiana 
in Canada, while William H. Baugh performs a like duty for 
our Grand Chapter in Indiana. 


Walter Schwarz, Grand High Priest. 
George E. Masters, Grand Secretary. 


The Eighty-seventh Annual Convocation held in Boone, on 
April 21, 1942. 

Grand Chapter was opened in ample form, followed by the 
impressive ceremony of saluting the Flag - and the pledge of 

Distinguished guests from North Dakota, South Dakota, 
Nebraska, Minnesota, Kansas and Wisconsin were officially re* 
ceived and honoured, as were the Grand Commander of Knights 
Templar, Grand Master Royal and Select Masters, and the 
special representative of General Grand Chapter, Honorary 
membership being conferred upon a number of these illustrious 
companions. Eleven Past Grand High Priests were in attend- 
ance, as were forty-five Grand Representatives who answered 
the roll-call and were extended greetings to be conveyed to 
their respective jurisdictions. 

The Grand High Priest delivered an inspiring address, 
which, while somewhat lengthy, included a resume of the 
year's official acts. Comp. Schwarz refers to the chaotic con- 
ditions prvailing, leaving with his companions, many serious 
thoughts. We quote a line or two : 

"In a single generation we are witnessing world-shaking develop- 
ments that in the slow-moving drama of the past would have required 
centuries to bring about. Humanity is speeding to an unknown and 
unpredictable destiny. 

"How can we, in such a confused and uncertain outlook, correctly 
interpret our daily experiences or attempt to forecast the probable 
future ? 

"We, as Royal Arch Masons, must ever keep before us the reassur- 
ing words of the psalmist as poetically set forth by the song writer: — 

'The stone rejected and despised 

Is now the Corner-stone 
How wondrous are the ways of God 

Unfathomed and unknown." 

"Someone has said that man's extremity is God's opportunity. So, 
in this trying hour we turn to Him for strength and guidance." 

Under Necrology, he speaks in fitting terms of the pass- 
ing of many companions, with a special reference to the un- 
timely death of M. Ex. Comp. James Hamlin Sterling. This 
section closes with: — 

"Whatever ill betides me, 

He will restore and bless; 
For His Name's sake He guides me 

In paths of righteousness. 
Thy rod and staff shall cheer me 


In death's dark vale and shade, 
For Thou wilt then be near me; 
I shall not be afraid." 

Appointments and his numerous visitations are fully set 
forth by the Grand High Priest. From the latter, we are 
impressed by the fact that M. Ex. Comp. Schwarz apparently 
gave generously of his time in visiting his Constituent 

He speaks of his Two-point Programme for the year. The 
first part of this programme had to do with a membership 
campaign for which suitably engraved silver shields were pre- 
sented to the successful Chapters. The second point consisted 
of a plan to develop perfection in the ritualistic work for which 
four loving cups were presented for competition. 

Dispensations and decisions occupy much space but as 
these are all of local interest only, we have no comment to 

The Grand High Priest pays glowing tribute to his officers 
with a special word for the untiring efforts of the Grand Sec- 
retary. He closes a splendid address with the slogan "DEEDS 
AND NOT DREAMS", quoting the following:— 

"Still onward and upward, may success be our lot, 
May each hidden future be unstained by a blot; 
May Fortune her mantle o'er each head extend, 
As a fostering mother, her care to us lend. 

"If life could unroll each one's future today, 

And foreshadow the highways in which we must stray, 
This truth should blaze forth amid glorious beams 
Our aims are fulfilled, in 'Deeds and not Dreams'." 

From the Grand Treasurer's report, apparently finances of 
Grand Chapter are sound and in capable hands. The Grand 
Secretary records a slight loss in membership. 

Howard A. Miller, as Chairman of the Committee on 
Division and Reference, presented an able report which is well 
worth reading. 

The report on Fraternal Correspondence is written in 
characteristic style by that veteran reviewer, E. W. F. Holler, 
whose foreword under the caption of "TEMPLES" contains 
a sound message on the subject of Character. 

Canada is generously reviewed; nothing that occurred at 
our Hamilton Convocation appears to have been overlooked. 
Liberal space is devoted to M. Ex. Comp. Stephens' address, 


while a number of quotations from the report of the Com- 
mittee on the Grand Z.'s address also are given prominence. 

The reports of our various Committees appear to have 
been thoroughly perused by Comp. Holler, who also speaks 
in sympathetic terms of the passing of that Grand Old Man of 
Masonry, the late Col. N. W. Ponton, P.G.Z. We express our 
appreciation of his kindly reference to one who was a friend 
of all. We must also acknowledge his friendly reference to 
this reviewer. May we say that we always enjoy the proceed- 
ings of Iowa and particularly that section devoted to the 
neighbourly and generous reviews of Comp. Holler. 

Our London Convocation (1941) is also given space. This 
has been covered with that same meticulous care which char- 
acterizes all of Comp. Holler's reviews. Our Grand Z.'s ad- 
dress is liberally quoted, as also are the reports of our "Stand- 
ing Committees. " He even finds space to quote from our last 
"Foreword" and courteously states that he enjoyed our re^- 
views. For this and his many other kindly references, we 
tender sincere thanks. 

Following the Election of Officers, N. L. Hicks was regu- 
larly installed as Grand High Priest. George E. Masters was 
re-elected and installed Grand Secretary, while Des Moines 
was selected as next place of meeting. 

Th Order of High Priesthood held its annual Convention 
following the Grand Chapter. 

Canada is honoured in having as its representative in Iowa, 
Comp, E. W. F. Holler, while B. F. Nott is privileged to rep- 
resent Iowa near our Grand Jurisdiction. 


W. L, Dawson, Grand High Priest. 

Ray G. Tipton, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-fourth Annual Convocation 
held in Louisville on October 21 and 22, 1941. 

Grand Chapter opened in ample form, M- Ex. Comp. Daw- 
son presiding. Rev. L. V. Rule offered the invocation. 

Twenty Past Grand High Priests being in attendance, were 
received and welcomed. Distinguished guests were present in 
substantial numbers to enjoy the hospitality of Grand Chap- 
ter, among these we note the presence of the M. Worshipful, 
the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky. 

M. Ex. Comp. Dawson's address is a splendidly compiled 
report on his year's stewardship. It contains many readable 


comments on world conditions, and leaves many serious 
thoughts for the consideration of those who are fortunate 
enough to peruse it in printed form. We quote a few homilies 
extracted at random from the address: — 

"Joy and sorrow, dreams and realities, life and death, and even the 
scourge of war have been the lot of the world's peoples. 

"Our^ brothers across the seas are forced to meet in secret places, 
if they meet at all, and to them our heartfelt sympathy is extended in 
this time of stress, when the whim of a mad dictator may sentence 
them to death." 

"Is it mere chance or is it in the Providences of God that the 
destiny of our country is now in the hands of a Mason?" 

"Some of us think that we see a ray of hope that the turmoil is about 
to end and that the travail of war will soon cease. God grant that 
this is true! Although dark days must follow the cessation of hostilities, 
we must concede that peace is the only tning that can bring joy and 
happiness to a topsy-turvey world." 

He quotes the well-known lines of Sir Walter Scott in con- 
cluding this section of his address: — 

"Breathes there the man, with soul so dead. 
Who never to himself hath said, 
This is my own, my native land?" 

His official acts such as dispensations, appointments and 
recommendations being purely routine are of local interest 
only. Visitations are also full covered ; of these we note with 
more than passing interest, the Special Convocation held in 
the Mammoth Cave. This meeting was held in a chamber of 
the Cave one thousand feet from the entrance. The Chamber 
is a natural formation, an oblong fifty feet in length by forty 
feet in width, the ceiling and walls formed by one large con- 
caved rock, while the floor is of black sand- The G.H.P. recom- 
mends that the holding of a special meeting in this unique 
underground temple be established as an annual event. 

From the G.H.P.'s address, we learn of the splendid work 
being carried on by the brethren and companions of Kentucky 
through the media of the Old Masons' Home at Shelbyville, 
and the Masonic Widows' and Orphans' Home at St. Matthews. 
This correspondent desires to tender his congratulations 
to the Masons of Kentucky on these humanitarian efforts. 

Comp. Dawson concludes a truly line address with a sincere 
appeal for greater activity and expresses his deep appreciation 
to all whose co-operation and assistance had made his tenure 
of office a happy and pleasant experience. 


Judge R. P. Dietzman as Grand Treasurer, presented the 
fiscal review which indicates a shrinkage in income for 1941, 
but to offset this, expenses were also greatly reduced. Invest- 
ments seem to be on a sound basis. 

Ray Tipton, Grand Secretary, reported a loss in member- 
ship, of this, however, we note a large percentage is due to 
the very heavy losses through death. 

The report on Necrology is an eloquent tribute to the fra- 
ternal dead and concludes with Paul Hayne's beautifully ex- 
pressed poetic thought: — 

*'I know it is over, over — 

I know it is over at last; 
Down sail; the sheathed anchor uncover. 

For the stress of the voyage has passed: 
Life, like a tempest of ocean, 

Has outblown its ultimate blast. 
There's but a faint sobbing seaward, 
While the calm of the tide deepens leeward; 
And behold! like the welcoming quiver 
Of heart-pulses throbbed through the river. 
Those lights in the Harbour at last! 
The Heavenly Harbour at last! 

J. M. Cochran, PG.H.P., presents his sixth annual review. 
His foreword is a treat, his comments frank, and his reference 
to the place in our fraternity for "Reviews" is sane and to 
the point. Of course, we agree with every word he says be- 
cause he interprets our innermost thoughts and while employ- 
ing his own words, is expressing most capably the opinion we 
have conveyed through the medium of our reviews on many 
occasions. We heartily endorse his views and strongly be- 
lieve that "Fraternal Correspondence" provides the golden 
cord that binds together the component parts of a far-flung 

We thoroughly enjoy reviewing the proceedings of Ken- 
tucky. Well printed, splendidly illustrated, with portraits of 
the leading officers, and rich in material of interest to every 
thinking Mason. 

Our first and natural impulse is to turn to Comp. Cochran's 
review of Canada. Here we find an able commentary on our 
1941 Convocation with extracts from our Grand Z.'s address 
and comments on the various reports submitted. To estab- 
lish beyond a peradventure that he had really read our review, 
he quotes liberally from our excerpts from many jurisdictions 
and concludes with "SORRY THAT KENTUCKY IS NOT 
AMONG THOSE REVIEWED." Thanks, Comp. Cochran, for 


a most generous review of our jurisdiction, may we say that 
we have a warm spot in our heart for Kentucky and if at 
any time we omit it from our reviews, it will be because your 
proceedings have not reached us in time for publication. 

D. Fred Worth was elected and installed as G.H-P. From 
the biographical sketch of Comp. Worth, we should say that 
he brings to the office a wealth of experience tempered by a 
keen legal intellect that should ensure splendid leadership. 

The ever-faithful Ray G. Tipton continues 'in the office of 
Grand Secretary. 

Kentucky is ably represented in Canada by the Rev. A. H. S. 
Cree, while A. Gordon Sulser is our representative in "Old 


W. E. Leigh, Grand High Priest. 

Lee W. Harris, Grand Secretary. 

The Ninety-Fifth Annual Convocation held in New Orleans 
on February 9, 1942. 

Following the opening ceremony, the Grand High Priest 
led Grand Chapter in saluting the Flag, repeating the pledge 
of Allegiance and singing the National Anthem. 

Fourteen Past Grand High Priests were in attendance. 
Honoured guests included representatives from Georgia, Dis- 
trict of Columbia and Illinois. 

The Grand High Priest's address is a business-like presr- 
entation of his official acts for the year. After extending a 
fraternal greeting to the visitors and delegates, M. Ex. Comp. 
Leigh expressed the opinion that the various Grand Jurisdic- 
tions should be closer together than appears to be the case. 
He thinks that this seeming indifference to each other causes 
the drawing more tightly of jurisdictional lines and prevents 
the spread of that Masonic Spirit and brotherly love so 
essential if we are to maintain our status of pre-eminence. 

Under "State of the Order" he said that largely due to in- 
creased activity, he was hopeful that this year will for the 
first time in many years, record an increase in membership. 

Visitations are fully covered and indicate that the G.H.P. 
gave generously of his time in visiting the various Chapters. 

M- Ex. Comp. Leigh dealt fearlessly with Grand Repre- 
sentatives who have failed to render that degree of service 
to the Grand Chapter they represent that is expected of them- 
Where absences for three or more years were noted, the Grand 


Representative's commission was cancelled and more active 
Companions appointed. May we express our keen approval of 
this action. We are firmly of the opinion that a Grand Repre- 
sentative who is too busy or indifferent should resign with- 
out making it necessary for the G.H.P. to take action. 

Among the recommendations, we note one to adopt a uni- 
versal demit, another with reference to registration of Marks, 
and one to appoint a Grand Lecturer. During the year, the 
G.H.P. asked all Chapters in Louisiana to collect aluminum and 
other metals, this material to be sold and proceeds turned over 
to the Masonic Home at Alexandria, This plan had a dual 
purpose, the collection of metal for war purposes, and the rais- 
ing of funds for charitable work. This is a laudable under- 
taking and from the G.H.P.'s remarks, bids fair to meet with 
some success. 

He concludes his address with a report on the difficulty that 
arose when it was found that the Grand Chapter meeting 
conflicted with the Annual meeting of Grand Lodge- After 
many conferences, the plans of both were changed slightly 
and a Committee formed to take the necessary steps to avoid 
a repetition of this difficulty. 

A resolution was passed to convert $2,500.00 worth of 
interest bearing bonds for a similar amount of the new issue. 
This being necessary, as Grand Lodge, from whom the bonds 
were purchased, were engaged in re-financing the bonded debt 
of the Masonic Temple. 

The Grand Treasurer's report indicates that finances are 
on a sound basis, but we regret to note that the Grand High 
Priest's prognostication anent an increase in membership 
proved faulty. The Grand Secretary reports a decrease of 
thirty-six in membership. This, however, is so trivial that 
we feel that congratulations are due Louisiana on a splendid 
showing for the year. 

The report on Foreign Correspondence is from the experi- 
enced pen of Herman J. Duncan. From his "Foreword" we 
learn that while the report was commenced under peaceful 
conditions, that it is being completed under war-time con- 
ditions.. Comp. Duncan is to be commended for his zeal and 
fidelity. Having as an Officer of the Reserve of the United 
States Navy been called up for active service, he might well 
have passed the responsibility for the completion of his report 
and reviews to other hands. Not so Comp. Duncan. — he 
carried on and finished the job under most trying conditions. 
He offers an apology for his work. May we say that he is 


deserving of the highest praise in "carrying on" at a time 
when most of us should have been only too willing to quit. 

Upon turning to Canada, we find a complete and .compre- 
hensive review of our 1941 Convocation, Extracts of M. Ex. 
Comp. Stephens' address are quoted, with a summary of the 
report of our various Committees. Reference is made to the 
Order of High Priesthood. Comp. Duncan states that while 
it is recorded that the 14th Annual Convocation was held — 
no proceedings of the meeting are available. May we eluci- 
date. Unlike American Jurisdictions, the Order of High 
Priesthood is not an integral part of Capitular Masonry in 
Canada. It is recognized, but there is no compulsion for Royal 
Arch Masons to join, While many of us are members, the 
great majority of First Principals, or High Priests, as you 
know them, are not members- Grand Chapter exercises no 
rights over the Order and if reference to it appears in our pro- 
ceedings, it is purely as a matter of courtesy. 

Comp. Duncan gives liberal space to excerpts from our 
last review and refers to it as excellent and timely. We ap- 
preciate your comments, Comp. Duncan, and wish for you 
the best of luck while serving your country as an Officer of 
the Navy. 

Guy W. Risley was elected and installed as Grand High 
Priest. Lee W. Harris re-elected as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

John W. Armstrong represents Canada in Louisiana while 
the Rev. Chas. A. Seager, D.D., represents Louisiana near our 
Grand Chapter. 


Charles E. Tuttle, Grand High Priest. 

Convers E. Leach, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Seventeenth Annual Convocation 
held in Portland on May 5 ,1942. 

Grand Chapter opened in ample form with prayers by the 
Grand Chaplain. Past Grand High Priests to the number 
of thirteen were present. 

Guests were received and fittingly honoured from the 
neighbouring Grand Chapters of New Hampshire, New York, 
Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New 


Jersey and our old friend and beloved Companion, Walter 
Williamson, P.G.Z. and present Grand Scribe E. of Quebec. 

Grand Representatives answering the roll call numbered 
fifty — alas, Canada's representative failed to respond. All were 
cordially welcomed. 

The address of Grand High Priest Tuttle is a masterpiece 
of conciseness. Opening* with a sincere and friendly greeting 
to all present, Comp. Tuttle pays graceful tribute to the "De- 
parted Companions", quoting these lines: — 

"It singeth law in every heart, 
We hear it each and all, — 
A song of those who answer not, 
However we may call. 
They throng the silence of the heart, 
We see them as of yore, 
The kind, the brave, the true, the sweet, 
Who walk with us no more." 

He enumerates his many fraternal visits, including those 
to Sister Jurisdictions. Of these latter we note that he attended 
Convocations of eleven Sister Jurisdictions, including two in 
Canada. We should indeed be happy to have the Grand High 
Priest include the Grand Chapter of Canada meeting in On- 
tario in his next year's itinerary. 

Decisions and dispensations were few in number and were 
all of local interest only. 

Comp. Tuttle closes his address with a word of thanks to 
the Grand Chapter Officers, with special reference to the able 
and efficient Grand Secretary. 

The reports of the Deputy Grand High Priest and other 
Officers all give full coverage to their pilgrimage throughout 
the Jurisdiction. Visitations apparently impressed these offi- 
cers with the fact that good-will, loyalty and enthusiasm 
abounds among the constituent Chapters. 

Finances appear to be on a sound basis and well-managed. 
Membership shows a slight dcrease noth withstanding some 230 
new members were added to the roll. Maine has a Charity 
Fund of some $49,000.00 with an income from these invested 
funds of $2,275.00. From this income the charitable work of 
Grand Chapter is disbursed. 

The Fraternal Review is in the experienced hands of Thos. 
H. Bodge. We extend our congratulations to Comp. Bodge on 
his 1942 Review; we have always felt that Maine's Reviews 
are of an extremely high order ; well-written, illuminative and 
decidedly interesting. 


Naturally, our interest is first focussed upon Canada. Our 
1941 Convocation is generously accorded nearly three pages of 
note and comment. After reading this review, we submit that 
the talented reviewer omitted nothing of importance and 
clearly indicates that he carefully read and digested our entire 
proceedings. He quotes liberally from M. Ex. Comp. Stephens' 
address; refers to his rulings and official acts, and concludes 
with a complimentary reference to our last review. Thanks 
Comp. Bodge, your kind words are as music to our ears. 

Following the Election of Officers, David Saunders Patter- 
son was duly elected as Grand High Priest and in due course 
was installed into that high and important office. Convers E. 
Leach was re-elected Grand Secretary. 

Following the close of Grand Chapter, the Order of High 
Priesthood convened. 

Daniel W. Evans, a popular Craftsman from Hamilton, 
Ontario, has the honour to represent Maine in Canada, while 
we look to J. Blaine Morrison to keep a friendly eye upon our 
interests in Maine. 


John Gardner, Grand Z. 

Adam Armstrong, Grand Scribe E. 

Nineteenth Annual Convocation held in Winnipeg on Feb- 
ruary 11, 1942. Grand Chapter having been opened in ample 
form distinguished visitors were introduced and fittingly 
honoured. The Grand First Principals of the Sister Provinces 
of Saskatchewan and Alberta were presented by M. Ex. Comp. 
Sinclair while M. Ex. Comp. Simmons officiated in a friendly 
introduction of delegations from the Grand Chapters of Min- 
nesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois and Wisconsin. 
Upon the completion of the ceremony of introduction the 
National Anthems of Great Britain and the United States were 

Ten Past Grand First Principals were presented at the 
Altar and welcomed. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Gardner is written in 
masterly style. He gives a graphic account of his many 
visitations and from his comments we deduce that these visits 
proved a source of great encouragement and should be pro^ 
ductive of much good throughout the jurisdiction. His dis- 
pensations were not numerous and covered only routine mat- 


ters. The Grand Z.'s comments on democracy, Masonry and 
world conditions provides interesting reading. Would that 
space permitted a lengthy quotation from this most impressive 
dissertation on a timely subject. We content ourselves with 
a few excerpts taken at random from the address including 
these well-known lines from Tennyson. 

"I doubt not through the ages 
An increasing purpose runs 
And the thoughts of men are widened 
By the process of the sun." 

"There is no doubt that the democratic countries have grown soft 
with ease and demoralized with that selfish creed of minding their 
own business." 

"The present situation has established beyond question the truth 
of our Lord's word — 'he that seeketh to save his life shall lose it'." 

"Men's hearts are failing them for fear. Even such good men as 
Joseph Kennedy urged the United States to stay out of the war because 
of their investments. Little Nations, crushed, humanity uprooted — but 
remember your investments, make friends with tyrants — GIVE US 

"We who love life at its shining best must be ready to face death 
so that life may go on. Death is not the great tragedy. It comes to 
all of us sooner or later, all that we build some day crumbles. Those 
whom we love some day leave us, but life is eternal, it goes on." 

"From my observation throughout the Province and elsewhere there 
is a generation lost to Masonry, and, I might add, to the Church. It 
is apparent that youth has no desire to become members of our craft, 
nor do they realize their debt to the Church. Where does the fault lie." 

M. Ex. Comp. Gardner closes a splendid address by asking 
a few pert questions such as "What have we built/' "What 
monument have we erected" and "What distinguishing charac- 
teristics can we point to with pride." May we interject a 
comment and suggest that if Masonry is to survive in the days 
to come our leaders throughout the Masonic World will have 
to provide satisfying answers to the questions which Comp. 
Gardner so fearlessly asks, 

The Reports of the Grand Treasurer and Grand Scribe E., 
indicate that Manitoba like the majority of Grand Jurisdictions 
is facing a declining membership, but, is nevertheless in a 
sound position financially. 

The report on the Fraternal Dead is beautifully and sym- 
pathetically written, therein much is found over which the 
student of life may ponder. We extract this poetic answer to 
the oft repeated question : "If a man die, shall he live again." 


"He cannot die who truly lives, 
For virtue has immortal breath; 
Tis but the sowing of the grain 
which blossoms into life again 
And finds perfectness in its death." 

The report on Fraternal Correspondence brings us to the 
first effort of M. Ex. Counp. T. Sellar Cook and a magnificent 
effort it is. If this is a fair sample of what we may expect in 
the future, we shall look forward with much pleasure to re- 
viewing Manitoba. Lack of space is our only excuse for brevity 
in commenting on this report. While Comp. Cook does not 
deal with each individual Grand Chapter he apparently has 
carefully read and no doubt appreciates the fine points that 
have been advanced through the medium of these Capitular 
Reviews. May we with all sincerity extend congratulations 
and best wishes to Comp. Cook. 

Following the election of Officers M. Ex. Comp. John T. 
Boyd was duly installed as G.Z. 

We in Ontario are proud to have as our representative M. 
Ex. Comp. F. W. Brownell. 

Manitoba is capably represented by R. H. Reid of Wood- 


Gerald M. Pine, Grand High Priest. 

Charles H. Weldon, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Forty-fourth Annual Convocation 
was held in Baltimore on December 9, 1941. 

Grand Chapter was: opened in full form, M. Ex. Comp. Pine 
presiding; the acting Chaplain, Rev. J. D. Clark, offered the 

As is usual in friendly Maryland, many distinguished guests 
were present, including the Grand High Priests of Delaware, 
District of Columbia, North Carolina, New Jersey, Virginia 
and West Virginia. 

Following these, the representatives of the Order of High 
Priesthood, the Grand Council and the Grand Commandery 
Knights Templar, were duly received and fittingly honoured. 

We are pleased indeed to note that Grand Lodge, the basic 
foundation of all Masonry was represented by M. Wor. Bro. 
Geo. S. Yost, Grand Master. 

Maryland is to be congratulated upon the splendid interest 
evinced by its Past Grand High Priests, ten of these well- 
skilled and experienced Craftsmen being in attendance. 


M. Ex. Comp. Pine's address is a carefully thought-out 
resume of his year's work. Unlike so many addresses of this 
character, he offers helpful and constructive suggestions which 
cannot fail to be effective if properly applied. 

In his opening remarks, he states that he has never con- 
sidered the office of Grand High Priest as one of power and 
glory, but rather as one of labour and service, and his first 
problem was to find the means of rendering the greatest pos- 
sible service to the Constituent Chapters. 

We are amused, and at the same time heartily in accord 
with, his comment that while serving as High Priest of his 
Chapter, he found it annoying to have Grand Chapter Officers 
earnestly advise him to plan the year's activity and to make 
the meetings interesting. His lament is that these Grand 
Officers failed to offer any suggestions as to how he should 
do so. As Grand High Priest, he determined to correct this in 
some measure and mailed to each Chapter, a letter containing 
nine suggestions. Reading these suggestions over, we should 
interject the opinion of an outsider by saying that these con- 
structive ideas are really worth-while. 

In his address, the G.H.P. gives generous space to visita- 
tions, dispensations, rulings and appointments. Under "Con- 
dition of the Craft" he deals fearlessly with conditions as he 
sees them. We quote a thought or two: — 

"A lack of aggressive leadership is the real factor in Chapters whose 
condition is only fair." "Men are elected to high office merely because 
they are next in line." "Royal Arch Masonry is not merely a stepping 
stone to so-called higher degrees." "The world will appraise us at the 
valuation we place on ourselves." 

M. Ex. Comp. Pine tenders thanks and words of commenda- 
tion to those who assisted him during the year and concludes a 
splendid address with this description of the edifice which we 
are endeavouring to erect: — 

"An edifice dedicated to the Supreme Grand High Priest, wherein 
the souls of men may find a brief hour of peace, shelter and brotherhood, 
to emerge, refreshed, into a warring and unhappy world, armoured with 
an abiding conviction that God is in His Heaven, and, all will yet be 
well with the world." 

Maryland records a small loss in membership, but finances 
appear to be on a sound basis. 

D. Ross Vansant Jr. presents his fourth annual review fol- 
lowing the same readable style that has characterized his 
previous efforts. 


Somewhat selfishly, we turn first to his treatment of Can- 
ada and find that our London Convocation has been generously 
covered, nothing of import seems to have been omitted, not 
even a friendly reference to this correspondent. Comp. Van- 
sant's comments are much appreciated, and for the second time, 
we subscribe to the statement that we enjoy his reviews. 
While not having" had the pleasure of personal contact, we are 
nevertheless, adding Comp. Vansant to our list of friends ; of 
course, this must be in absentia but with the earnest hope 
that we shall some day meet. 

Following the election of Officers, Edgar I. Whiteside was 
duly installed as Grand High Priest, while Comp. Weldon con- 
tinues as Grand Secretary. 

We are happy indeed to have as our representative in 
Maryland, John H. Lubbers, whose regular attendance assures 
us active representation. Maryland is ably represented in 
Canada by that Masonic stalwart from the Northland, Frank 
K. Elbbitt, of Iroquois Falls. 


Geo. W. Long, Grand High Priest. 

Raymond T. Sewall, Grand Secretary. 

Quarterly Convocation held March 11, 1941, in the City 
of Boston. 

Opened in ample form, after which the Grand Chaplain, 
Rev. Francis D. Taylor, led in the devotional exercises. 

At this juncture, M. Wor. Bro. A. A, Schaefer, Grand 
Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts was received and 
loyally honoured. 

Quarterly designated as "Companionship Night' ' was held 
on June 10,1941. After routine business had been disposed 
of, M. Ex. Comp. Long delivered his quarterly report. He 
referred to the success that had crowned the efforts to in- 
crease membership, he also mentioned a condition in one of 
the subordinate Chapters, where the Secretary refused to in- 
sert in the Chapter notices, certain material supplied by the 
High Priest. He ruled that the H.P. was responsible for the 
notices and stated that a Secretary who refused to print the 
material furnished, should be removed from office, remarking 
"better a disgrunted Secretary than a disrupted Chapter." We 
have had similar experiences in our jurisdiction and are 
strongly of the opinion that an active, energetic Secretary 


is decidedly an asset to a Chapter but he should not be allowed 
to become obsessed with the idea that he is supreme. The 
High Priest and Council must always provide the governing 
power. Comp. Long also referred to a decision which declined 
to permit the presentation of diplomas to two retiring High 
Priests who had flagrantly neglected their duties. In this 
connection, he has this to say: — 

"Let us not take ourselves seriously, but let us take our jobs seri- 
ously. Let us not get the idea that we are smart, but let us realize 
that we are average men. We accomplish little with lip-service." 

Quarterly held on September 9, 1941, Reports of the vari- 
ous committees were followed by beautiful "Memoriams" to 
the memory of two of Grand Chapter's permanent members, 
R. Ex. Comp. F. F. Cook and R. Ex. Comp. Chas. F. Mann. 
The Grand Chaplain paid tribute in these words: — 

"Masonry, as we understand it, is a way of life, the right way of 
living with our fellowmen as shown by our symbols of the square, 
compasses, level, plumb and other symbols of our order. This way of 
life has grown out of the countless experiences of men of all races and 
nations and leads to the crowning faith of our order." 

Concluding with Tennyson's immortal — "Crossing the 

In his address, the Grand High Priest exhorted the officers 
of Constituent Chapters to organize in such a manner as to 
visit members at least once each year and others who. are con- 
fined to their homes through illness much more frequently. 
He -concludes a short but stirring address with this pertinent 
statement: — 

"We solicit applications. We promise, or at least imply that the 
candidate will receive something of Masonic value other than more 
degrees. If every High Priest in this jurisdiction will follow these sug- 
gestions, we will revolutionize Oapitularism in Massachusetts." 

The Annual Convocation was held in Boston on December 
9, 1941. 

Following an established custom, the four degrees were 
exemplified by specially selected officers and the work explained 
and demonstrated for the benefit of the Companions. This 
undoubtdly takes the place of our Chapters of Instruction, the 
difference being that our Instructional meetings are not held 
during the Convocation of Grand Chapter, but are carried out 
in each district of the jurisdiction. 

Thirty-nine Grand Jurisdictions were represented by their 
Grand Representatives. 


From the Grand Treasurer's report, it would appear that 
Massachusetts operates well within its budget and has a splen- 
did investment fund of some Ninety-nine Thousand Dollars* 

Among the distinguished guests received, we note the name 
of M. Ex. Comp. J. M. Empey, late G.Z. of our Grand Chapter- 
This was perhaps one of Comp. Empey'* s last visits. He suc- 
cumbed to a serious illness in May last, leaving behind him 
happy memories of a most useful and active life. 

New Jersey, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, 
and New York were all represented by delegations as were 
the Knights Templar, Grand Council and the Grand Lodge of 
Massachusetts. In keeping with their reputation for hospi- 
tality, Grand Chapter extended an exceedingly warm welcome 
to the honoured guests. 

The annual address of M. Ex. Comp. Long covers many 
subjects in a comprehensive and most interesting manner. He 
enumerates his dispensations, decisions, and visitations and 
refers again in somewhat extended terms to the need for an 
increase in petitions ; comments upon Chapter notices, lists cer- 
tain appointments and makes a plea for the Order of High 
Priesthood. He concludes with a general comment on con- 
ditions throughout the state and refers to war conditions as 
follows : — 

"In the face of the National Emergency which is caused by the 
unprovoked assault by Japan upon our country, let us act and think 
as Masons. Let us remember that this country is what it is today 
because of the strength and wisdom of our forebears of the Craft — 
who for generations have worked and sacrificed with courage and devo- 
tion, that we Who came after them could live in a land of freedom and 

At the close of the G.H-P.'s address, M. Wor. Bra. Schaefer, 
Grand Master, delivered a sparkling address. Would that space 
permitted us to quote this speech in its entirety, but we must 
content ourselves with this abbreviated excerpt : — 

"My Brethren, may we never lose sight, as man and as Masons, of 
the principles of our fraternity. May we ever be true to its ideals. 
May we seek ever to perfect and to accomplish those things for which 
our institution was founded, and finally may we love the liberties and 
freedoms which our country has given to us, so much that we are 
willing to bear any sacrifice that they may continue, and be handed 
down to our children as pure and undefiled as we ourselves received 

We regret the absence of a Capitular Review, particularly 
as this is our only medium for exchanging ideas and keep- 
ing abreast of the work that is being done in Sister Jurisdic- 


M. Ex. Conip. Long was re-elected Grand High Priest, R. 
Ex. Comp. Sewall continues in office as Grand Secretary. 

Massachusetts' representative in Canada is Archibald J. 
Stringer, while our representative in Massacusetts is D. Henry 
Childs, of Canton. 


Irving H. Larkin, Grand High Priest. 

Clyde N. Wilson, Grand Secretary. 

Ninety-fourth Annual held in Flint, May 19, 1942. Grand 
Chapter opened in ample form, M. Ex. Comp. Larkin presiding. 

Many distinguished guests were in attendance and received 
that warm fraternal greeting so characteristic of our Com- 
panions in Michigan. Among the visitors we note our old 
friend, Bill Goff — perhaps we should be more dignified and 
say M. Ex. Comp. William Edward Goff, representing General 
Grand Chapter. New York, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, were 
also represented, not forgetting the attendance of our own 
Grand Second Principal, John M. Burden, and Edwin Smith, 
who were present to convey the good wishes of Canada. Grand 
Council, the Grand Commandery and M. Wor. Bra. D. H. Hesse, 
Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Michigan, concludes the 
list of illustrious visitors. 

The Mayor of Flint conveyed a Civic welcome, which was 
acknowledged by the Grand King. 

A large number of jurisdictions were represented by their 
Grand Representatives who received a hearty welcome and a 
message of good-fellowship to convey to the Grand Chapters 
which they represent. 

In a somewhat lengthy address, M. Ex. Comp. Larkin re- 
viewed the year's work. His opening remarks refer to the 
difficulties under which he laboured during the year, as owing 
to his absence from home in the developing of a new plant 
for defence work, his Masonic plans were badly disturbed, and, 
in his own words "visitations were almost nil." 

His memorial to the Fraternal Dead, with particular stress 
on the great loss sustained 'by Michigan through the passing 
of M. Ex. Comp. Izor, is beautifully worded and concludes with 
this poetic gem : — 

"There are stars that go out in the darkness 

But whose silvery light shineth on, 
There are roses whose perfume still lingers 
When the blossoms are faded and gone, 


There are hearts full of life and of sweetness 
When no longer their life current flows, 

Still their goodness lives on with the living 
Like the soul of the star and the rose." 

Reference is made to the change of location of the Grand 
Chapter's office. It is now located in Owosso. Many dispensa- 
tions were asked for and granted, four only being refused on 
Constitutional grounds. 

Visitations to Sister Jurisdictions were made mostly by 
proxy. We note reference to the visit of M. Ex. Camp. A. S. 
Hudson to our Niagara Falls Convocation. While we missed 
M- Ex. Comp. Larkin, we assure him that his choice of a sub- 
stitute was a most happy one. 

Under the caption of "Caimp Radamaker," the Grand High 
Priest informed his Companions of the progress that is being 
made in disposing of the camp property. He also suggests 
that Masonry in Michigan should support the United States 
Masonic Service Association and expressed a favourable opin- 
ion on the useful efforts of this war-time Association. 

Referring to the Grand Secretary, the G.H.P. expressed 
his gratitude for the most efficient service rendered by Comp. 
Wilson. Again commenting upon his disappointment in not 
having completed all contemplated activity during the year, 
and suggesting that a one-day session of Grand Chapter is 
most logical as a National Emergency measure, Comp. Larkin 
concludes a most inspiring address. 

The Grand Secretary's report indicates a slight loss in mem- 
bership, which was about half of the shrinkage of the previous 

The Grand Treasurer records a balanced budget. In perus- 
ing this report, we suggest that the fiscal aJffairs appear to be 
upon a sound basis, while the general and special funds are 
capably managed by one whom we have known and appreciated 
for some years. We refer, of course, to our good friend, Guy 
A. Birge, to whom, through this medium, we send personal 

A donation of $1,000.00 was presented at the altar by a 
representative of five Constituent Chapters, who raised this 
amount for the War Fund. 

No published report on Correspondence appears in the pro- 
ceedings, which, as we have expressed on previous occasions, 
is a great disappointment to this correspondent, who is 
thoroughly convinced that this system of reviewing the pro- 


ceedings of the other units of the Capitular body provides the 
only direct means of maintaining contact one with the other. 
It appears to us as the golden cord that binds together the com- 
ponent parts of our Masonic system. Pardon the interjection, 
but in our many hours of study among the material supplied 
by other Grand Chapters, we sorely miss a review by Michigan- 

Following the election of Officers, L. R. Williams was de- 
clared Grand High Priest and duly installed into office. Comp. 
Wilson, as to be expected, continues as Grand Secretary. 
Owosso was selected as the next place of meeting. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. This correspondent has more than a passing 
interest in this convention as it was in Flint, Michigan, in the 
year 1935, that he became a member of the Order. 

Dr. Walter G. Price, P.G.Z., represents Michigan in Canada, 
while Arthur M. Burke faithfully protects our interests in 


Thos. Q. Ellis, Grand High Priest. 

Sid F. Curtis, Grand Secretary. 

The Ninety-fourth Annual Convocation held in Vicksburg, 
February 11 and 12, 1942. 

The Grand Chapter having been declared open by the Grand 
High Priest, the Grand Chaplain invoked Divine Blessing on 
its labours. 

Eleven Past Grand High Priests answered the roll and were 
warmly greeted. 

Among the visitors received were the Grand Master, Royal 
and Select Masters, the Grand Commander of the Knights 
Templar and M. W. Bro. L. A. Nichols, Grand Master of the 
Grand Lodge of Mississippi. We are always glad to note the 
presence of the Grand Master. We are firmly convinced that 
by close association alone with our brethren of Grand Lodge, 
may we hope to successfully carry on the work of Royal Arch 

Thirty-one Grand representatives were presented at the 
Altar and officially welcomed. Canada was in the front rank 
in the person of our faithful representative, L. S. Lippincott. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Ellis proved to be a carefully 
prepared account of his year's stewardship. His words of wel- 
come garnished by a poem on friendship rings true and leaves 
no doubt as to his sincerity. He speaks beautifully of his wife, 


who for months has been so seriously ill, that it claimed his 
every effort and as he says, almost his every thought. We are 
happy to note that Mrs. Ellis is now on the road to recovery and 
we can well appreciate the feeling of M- Ex. Comp. Ellis when 
he penned the following lines : — 

"When deep fall the shadows wherever we turn, and down through 
the depths of our path wends; when tears blind our vision, we best 
can discern the difference 'twixt "claimers" and friends. There's some- 
thing that sunshine can touch with its beams, and paint — 'til with 
beauty it blends; and make us believe it is all that it seems — 'til it 
mingles in darkness, with friends. And then when we grope for the 
handclasp we need, the help of the "claimers" here ends; but we grope 
not in vain for some power to lead, as our hands then strike hands 
with our friends. Thank God for those friends who stood by!" 

Among the G.H.P.'s official acts, we note that he arrested 
the Charter of one Chapter that has failed to function for 
some time past. We heartily agree that if the tree of Masonry 
is to be kept alive, active and vigorous, that care should be 
taken to remove the deadwood which serves no purpose other 
than to retard the progress of the more active Chapters. 

Other official acts appear to have been purely routine and 
provide no excuse for comment. A note for $2,500.00 in favour 
of Grand Lodge was retired during the year. 

Words of commendation and praise were showered on 
both the Grand Lecturer and Grand Secretary for the wonder- 
fully efficient manner in which they discharged the duties of 
their respective offices. 

In dealing with the state of the Craft, the G.H.P. says : — 

"Only crises challenge our best." "We never miss the sunshine until 
the shadows fall; we ne'er regret the bitter words, 'til past beyond 
recall. We never miss our happiness, until our eyes are wet; we never 
knew we had a love — 'til love's bright sun is set." "And so, today, the 
liberty we have enjoyed and considered common-place — is seriously en- 
dangered. There is but one hope of preserving that liberty. It is to 
dedicate our material possessions, our sincere loyalty, and our lives — if 
necessary — to those ideals upon which our great fraternity is founded." 

The address concludes with a poetic thought, the last lines 
of which we quote: — 

"God speed the day these truths hold sway, with the banner of Truth 

And shed their light thru the darkest night, of a war-cursed, weary 

When man meets man, in every land, as Brotherhood reigns supreme, 
And "Peace on Earth, good will to men," is more than a beautiful 



Finances of Grand Chapter appear to be solidly fixed, and 
while a slight loss of twenty-one is noted in the member- 
ship, this is largely due to the cancellation of the Charter of 
one of its subordinate Chapters. We congratulate Mississippi 
upon a splendid record for the past twelve months. 

The proceedings contain a touching memorial to the 
memory of Joseph J. Brooks, who, while fulfilling the arduous 
duties of his calling as a clergyman, was a most active Mason 
in all branches, a Past Grand Master of Grand Lodge, Past 
Grand High Priest, Past Grand Master of Grand Council and 
Past Grand Commander of Knights Templar. Truly our late 
brother contributed greatly to Masonry and will be sorely 
missed. We extend our deepest sympathy. 

Comp. J. E. Cober wrote the report on Fraternal Corres- 
pondence and despite prevailing conditions, his words are in a 
decidedly optimistic strain. He states that men are beginning 
to appreciate more thoroughly those things that really count 
in life and that judged by the display of enthusiasm, the ten- 
dency in the Royal Craft appears to be on the up-grade. He 
deplores the carelessness that seems to prevent our new mem- 
bers from acquiring a full knowledge of the beautiful degrees, 
and calls for his Companions to spread the light. 

He refers to the challenge that faces our Fraternity and 
reminds Grand Chapter that while guns and mechanized troops 
are needed in the grim struggle of warfare, that we also need 
a rededication and reconsecration to the ideals of Masonry. 

Odie E. Hunt w r as elected and duly installed Grand High 
Priest, while that most efficient Secretary, Sid F- Curtis, con- 
tinues as is to be expected, in that most important office. 

Sidney F. Smith represents Mississippi near our Grand 
Chapter, while our representative in Mississippi is L. S. 


Don Chapman, Grand High Priest. 

Ray V. Denslow, Grand Secretary. 

The Ninety-sixth Annual Convocation held in Columbia, on 
April 28, 1942. 

The Grand High Priest having formally opened Grand 
Chapter, the Grand Chaplain offered an invocation after which 
the entire assembly sang "America." 

At this juncture, distinguished visitors were introduced, 
received, and given appropriate honours. These included the 


Grand Master of Grand Council Royal and Select Masters of 
Michigan, the Grand Master, Grand Council of Missouri, the 
Grand Commander Knights Templar and the Grand Master 
of the Grand Lodge of Missouri with his escort. 

Fifteen Past Grand High Priests being in attendance, were 
presented at the Altar and warmly greeted. M. Ex. Comp. 
Chapman delivered a thoughtfully prepared address in which 
he marshals his facts and figures in orderly array. After 
extending a welcome to all present, he briefly comments on 
the chaotic condition of world affairs. We quote a few lines : — 

"The world is divided into two armed camps. The camp of our 
enemies believes that might makes right and seeks to force their 
"New Order," as they call it, on others. It is not a new order, but is 
the old order. It only has new names, not new principles. It seeks 
to suppress the rights of the individual which we believe to be funda- 
mental and inalienable. These principles which they seek to destroy 
are the principles of Freemasonry — the principles which we as Masons 

After commenting on financial matters, he enumerates his 
appointments, decisions and dispensations. These being merely 
routine, merit no comment from this correspondent. 

Referring to the action of Grand Chapter last year in con- 
tributing $1,000.00 to the Chinese Government, he informed 
the Companions that this amount was used for the purchase 
of an ambulance for the Chinese Army. Continuing, he spoke 
of the work being carried on by the Masonic Service Associa- 
tion in connection with a service centre for soldiers, and recom- 
mended that $1,000.00 be set aside by Grand Chapter to assist 
in this laudable undertaking. 

We commend the Grand High Priest for the manner in 
which he records visitations. Unlike so many of our leaders 
who use reams of paper in listing visits to Constituent Chap- 
ters, he contents himself with listing the name of the Char> 
ter and the date visited, omitting the details of each. These 
visitations in many jurisdictions, make monotonous reading 
for the conscientious correspondent who feels it his duty to 
read the proceedings from cover to cover. We remove our 
chapeau to Comp. Chapman and say many thanks for this 
new departure. 

Under "Conditions of the Rite" the G.H.P. refers in an 
optimistic strain to the work of the various Chapters in which 
he noted much enthusiasm. The address concludes with a 
word of thanks for the spirit of co-operation so generously 
manifested by the Grand Officers, with a special reference to 


the assistance rendered by Ray V. Denslow and George C. 

From the Grand Treasurer's Report, we glean the fact 
that finances are in excellent shape with investments of $100,- 

Ray V. Denslow's report as Grand Secretary records a 
fairly substantial shrinkage in membership. 

We hear much these days of the work of "Service Clubs" 
and many claim they are taking the place of fraternal organi- 
zations in the life of the business and professional man. Anent 
this thought, we cull the following pertinent comment from 
the Grand Lecturer's report. 

"Could we not profit by the example of these clubs in promoting 
social life and community service without sacrificing any of our ancient 
landmarks? One Rotary Club has compiled a mailing list of all men 
from its community serving in any of the armed forces. Each mem- 
ber of the club is given the responsibility of continuing a correspond- 
ence and of being helpful to a specified list of those from the com- 
munity fighting our common battle. In my judgment this kind of 
activity on the part of a Royal Arch Chapter would do much in bolster- 
ing the morale of those in the fighting forces as well as those of us who 
remain at home." 

We think Comp. Marquis presents an idea that Royal Arch 
Masonary should develop. 

The Committee on Education compiled and distributed 
5,000 copies of three pamphlets. These appear to have been 
well received and permission to reprint was given to other 
jurisdictions. Should Comp. Denslow note this comment, we 
trust he may send this correspondent a copy of these 

It is with more than passing interest we note the attend- 
ance of a veteran Craftsman. Although ninety years of age, 
Lynn Samuels was present at Grand Chapter as the High 
Priest of George Washington Chapter. Truly a marvellous 
record of zeal and fidelity. 

A resolution was presented and adopted prohibiting the 
suspension for non-payment of dues of any member who is 
serving in the armed forces of the United States. 

The review of the Capitular Year is from the facile pen 
of Ray V. Denslow. Referring to the United States' entry into 
the war, he has this to say: — 

"While men are engaged in fighting a war they are not particularly 
interested in fraternalism. For this reason, it is necessary that those 


of us not on the fighting line do all in our power to maintain the 
morale of the fraternity at home by giving as much of our time as 
possible to our local Masonic bodies. 

Camp. Denslow's review is a veritable compendium of 
Masonic lore, dealing with the past, present and future- He 
refers to lack of unity among* the Grand Lodges of the United 
States. This he attributes to a selfish desire on the part of 
each to preserve their own sovereignty and as a result, no 
co-ordinated effort can be made by the Masonic Fraternity of 
the United States as a whole. His reference to what he terms 
the "American Rite" is illuminative and to most Canadians 
where the Past Masters Degree is not recognized, and the Most 
Excellent Degree tolerated but not appreciated, his' suggestion 
that the York Rite is a misnomer meets with our hearty 

Royal Arch Masonry in the United States has wandered 
far afield from the simple, dignified degrees of the Ancient 
York Rite and certainly we agree that "American Rite" is a 
more appropriate appellation. In Oanada we have endeavoured 
to hew to the line of the English System, ibut even here we 
have introduced innovations which in this writer's opinion, 
have added nothing of value to the degrees as handed down 
to us by our forebears of the Old Country. 

Comp. Denslow's reviews are topically arranged and some- 
what difficult to follow. They give a splendid picture of the 
Capitular World as a whole, but do not deal individually with 
the various Grand Chapters. Under Canada, he quotes gen- 
erously from our Grand Z.'s address, refers to our pamphlet 
"The Royal Arch Banner" and also to our last review. May 
we say that we have enjoyed Comp. Denslow's review of the 
Capitular World; it is a literary treat that merits words of 
commendation and praise. 

Following the Election of Officers, Oliver F. Cuddy was 
installed as Grand High Priest. St. Louis was selected as the 
next, place of meeting. 

Orson H- Swearingen is our accredited representative in 
Missouri, while William J. Tow holds the commission of Mis- 
souri in Canada. 


Milton J. Hersey, Grand High Priest. 
Edward C. Peterson, Grand Secretary. 


The Sixty-ninth Annual Convocation held in Elko on June 
9, 1942. 

Grand Chapter opened in ample form, the Grand Chaplain 
leading in prayer. 

Nine Past Grand High Priests graced the East. The flag 
was presented at the Altar and the Companions stood at atten- 
sion singing the National Anthem. 

Led by the Grand Master, a strong delegation from Grand 
Lodge approached the Altar, were welcomed and received with 
full Masonic honours. Twenty-six Grand Representatives were 
introduced and fittingly greeted. Canada's representative 
failed to respond. The address of the Grand High Priest is 
a model of compactness and leaves with us a few thoughts 
pertinent to present-day conditions. We clip a brief extract : — 

"Our liberty, free speech, freedom of the press, the right to wor- 
ship God according- to the dictates of our conscience, and other blessings 
of Democracy are in danger. It is a "Tocsin," a warning to all good 
Americans, especially Masons. We must meet that challenge by every 
means in our power and defeat this aggression so that we may keep 
America free. Our trust is in the great "I Am" and we shall prevail." 

In an impressive Memorial to the Fraternal Dead the 
G.H.P. pays sincere and eloquent tribute to the departed, clos- 
ing with the following verse: — 

"O, for a closer walk with God, 
A calm and heavenly frame 
A light to shine upon the road 
That leads me to the Lamb." 

Under ' 'Membership" the Grand High Priest refers to an 
increase during the year, although he adds the plan originated 
last year has not been thoroughly tried. This plan was known 
as "Guest Night" meetings and M. Ex. Comp. Hersey seems to 
be of the opinion that it will be productive of much good if 
properly carried through. 

No decisions were sought and but one dispensation asked 
for. Several changes were made during the year in Grand Rep- 
resentatives. Visitations to many Chapters are reported, and at 
all of these, the G.H.P. was impressed with the loyalty and 
goodwill of the Companions. 

Under recommendations, he seeks to make it law that the 
Grand Secretary keep an attendance record of Grand Repre- 
sentatives and further that failure to attend three consecu- 
tive Annual Convocations will provide grounds for action to 


secure more active representation. We heartily agree with 
this recommendation. 

The concluding' remarks of this very fine address contain 
words of commendation for the Grand Secretary and other 
officers and thanks to Grand Chapter for the honor conferred 
upon himself. 

The Grand Treasurer's report indicates that finances are 
on a sound basis, while from the Grand Secretary's report we 
learn as already noted, that Nevada is among the all-too-few 
Grand Chapters permitted to record an increase in membership. 

The Grand Oration, by C. A. Carlson Jr., was a beautifully 
worded dissertation on the subject of "Faith." Would that 
space permitted a reprint of this address. Every Mason should 
navel the opportunity of reading it. 

Comp. N. W. Fay delivered a splendid address on the sub- 
ject of Ancient Freemasonry. This provides a literary treat 
to the reader. We quote one brief paragraph: — 

"We know further that today, Masonry resting on the foundation 
of the Holy Bible, is the strongest secular working influence under the 
sun for the preservation of the Christian religion and a continuation 
of an orderly process of living that guarantees justice, life, liberty 
and the pursuit of happiness." 

We regretfully report no fraternal correspondence or 
reviews appear in the proceedings. 

Geo. B. Russell was elected and installed in Office as Grand 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

Nevada is represented near our Grand Chapter by a 
Masonic veteran, John F. Marr, while our representative in 
Nevada is Peter Enrrietti. 


Thos. G. Ballantyne, First Grand Principal. 

Roy E. Crawford, Grand Scribe E. 

The Fifty-fourth Annual Convocation was held in Edmund- 
ston on June 26, 1941. 

Grand Chapter having been opened in ample form by the 
G.Z., distinguished guests in the persons of M- Ex. Comp. C. E. 
Tuttle and V. Ex. Comp. B. C. Kent, representing the State of 
Maine, were introduced and extended a warm fraternal greet- 


Edgar W. Mair is our representative in our sister Province 
of New Brunswick, while J. W. Flewes of London, Ontario, 
holds the commission for New Brunswick near our Grand 


Chas. F. Waterman, Grand High Priest. 

J. Melvin Dresser, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-third Convocation held in 
the city of Concord on May 19, 1942. 

Grand Chapter was declared open in full and ample form 
by M. Ex. Comp. Waterman, after which Rev. Howard T. 
Joslyn led in the devotional exercises, followed by the colorful 
ceremony of presenting the Flag at the Altar. 

The Grand High Priest was supported by five Past Rulers 
of Grand Chapter. 

Twenty-five Grand Representatives were present to answer 
for their respective Jurisdictions. The visitors included the 
Deputy Grand High Priests of Connecticut and Massachu- 
setts, and the Grand High Priest of Rhode Island, all of whom 
were received with Grand Honors. 

In well chosen words, M. Ex. Comp. Waterman gave an 
account of his year's stewardship. After a cordial welcome 
to all present, he requested the Grand Secretary to read the 
names of those who have passed beyond the Veils during the 
year, after which the Grand Chaplain offered up an impressive, 
prayers This section of the Grand High (Priest's address 
concludes with this poetic gem: 

"Full wisely and well they builded, 
Fearless to do and dare, 
Measuring each thought, word and action 
By the compass, rule and square, 
Till the Master Builder calls them 
From the land of shifting sands, 
Home, to the new Jerusalem, 
.That city not made with hands." 

Continuing, M. Ex. Comp. Waterman details his many 
visitations these being followed by copies of letters written to 
Constituent Chapters offering helpful advice. 

Among this correspondence, we find one in Which the 
Grand High Priest refers to the United States' entry into the 
war and calls upon the Chapters to invest their surplus funds 
in Defence Bonds. 


The Annual address of M. Ex. Comp. Ballantyne, while not 
lengthy, appears to cover the official acts of the year. The 
G.Z. tenders a greeting to the delegates and visitors, pays 
sympathetic tribute to the Fraternal Dead, and announces a 
number of appointments as Grand Representatives. Owing to 
illness, his visitations were few in number but from the report 
of those he was able to make, conditions throughout the jur- 
isdiction appear very encouraging. 

The G.Z. concludes a fine address with words of commenda- 
tion for all the PG.Z.'s and Officers for the assistance rendered 
during the past twelve months. He has a few words to say 
with regard to World conditions and brings his address to a 
conclusion with these words : — 

"Our order has survived the turbulent vicissitudes of the ag»es 
and will continue to thrive among men of good-will, wheresoever dis- 
persed over the face of the earth. As to those misled followers of the 
oppressors, Kipling has aptly said: — 

'For heathen heart that puts its trust 
In reeking tube and iron shard, 
For valiant dust that builds on dust 
And guarding, calls not thee to guard: 
For valiant diist that builds on dust 
Thy mercy on the people Lord'." 

Sister Jurisdictions' Representatives were grouped about 
the altar and were extended a hearty greeting. We note with 
regret that our representative was not among those who 
answered the call. 

It is regrettable to note from the Scribe E.'s report that 
membership has been steadily declining since 1930, and, of 
course, revenue shows a corresponding decrease. 

A special Committee reported upon the condition prevail- 
ing in two of the subordinate Chapters and from this report 
there is reason to believe that the difficulties have been 

The Grand Superintendents of the various Districts pre- 
sented very interesting reports and they indicate that these 
very important officials have been faithful to the trust reposed 
in them. 

We regret that New Brunswick does not record a fraternal 
report or review. 

M. Ex. Comp. Ballantyne was re-elected G.Z. and R. Ex. 
Crawford continues as Grand Scribe E., while Campbell ton was 
selected as the next place of meeting. 


Dispensations are enumerated and appear to deal with 
purely routine matters. Reference is also made to the print- 
ing of new rituals and the appointment of Rev. H. T. Joslyn 
as Grand Chaplain. 

The Grand High Priest concludes a very complete report 
on the year's work with these words: 

"We are in the midst of a great conflict which is going to try our 
very souls to win, but, win we must or the finer things of life, the 
Church, Liberty and Masonry, those things we in America hold dear 
will pass from us. Let each one of us try to preserve those sacred 
rights, and, by so doing, and by the teaching we find in Masonry, make 
this a better world in which to live." 

Reports of the various officers appear in the proceedings, 
these largely refer to official visits within the jurisdiction. 

The Grand Treasurer's report indicates a balanced /budget, 
while the Grand Secretary records a small loss in member- 

No report on Fraternal Correspondence appears in the 

Following the Election of Officers, William E,. Putnam was 
installed as Grand High Priest. J. Melvin Dresser remains in 
Office as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

Alfred H. White is our representative in New Hampshire, 
while Walter H. Davis, one of Canada's most outstanding 
Craftsmen, represents New Hampshire near our Grand 


Jesse A. Biggs, Grand High Priest. 

Ohas. D. MoCracken, Grand Secretary. 

The Eighty-fifth Annual Convocation held in Trenton May 
14, 1941. 

The Grand Chapter having been opened in ample form, 
the Grand Chaplain concluded the opening ceremonies by 
leading in prayer. 

The Grand High Priest was supported by eleven Past 
Grand High Priests. New Jersey is to be congratulated upon 
the continued interest and attendance of the past rulers. 

Many honoured guests were present to represent and con- 
vey greetings from their respective Grand Bodies. Delega- 
tions were present from West Virginia, Delaware, District of 
Columbia, Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, 


New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Following these, the 
representatives of Royal and Select Masters, Knights Tem- 
lar, Scottish Rite, Grand Lodge and M. Ex. Comp. Anderson, 
General Grand High Priest were introduced, honoured and 
extended the usual greetings. 

The address of the Grand High Priest is a short, concise 
report on the year's activities, dealing briefly with visitations, 
dispensations, appointments and other routine matters. Under 
"Condition of Chapters" M. Ex. Comp. Biggs stated that after 
close contact with Officers and District Deputies, he had 
learned of increased activity throughout the State. Among 
his recommendations is one that commands more than passing 
interest. He feels that membership in the General Grand 
Chapter is of no real value and recommends withdrawal from 
this Supreme Body. This recommendation was referred to a 
special committee who apparently were not prepared to 
assume the responsibility of supporting the G.H.P.'s recom- 
mendation and consequently, it was not approved. 

After thanking the Grand Secretary and other officers 
for their assistance, Comp. JBiggs concludes his valedictory by 
quoting an old favourite — 

"There are loyal hearts, there are spirits brave, 
There are souls that are pure and true; 
Then give to the world the best you have, 
And the best shall come back to you." 

The financial statement presented by the Grand Treasurer 
leaves little to be desired, although the Grand Secretary's 
report is not quite so encouraging. He records a loss in 
membership, although it must be noted that a heavy percent- 
age of this loss is due to the activity of the Grim Reaper. 

The report of the Committee on the "Doings of Grand 
Officers" is most interesting and contains many timely 
thoughts. We quote a line or two: — 

"The decencies of civilized living developed and nurtured through 
the centuries and held as sacred and cherished heritages, are crumbling 
before our eyes. Ideals of righteousness and justice are flouted as the 
illusions of the weak and impotent. Reason and moral suasion are 
made to yield to force and the mailed fist has become the supreme 
arbiter of right and wrong." 

The Committee on Necrology presented a beautifully 
worded tribute to the fraternal dead, concluding with this 
poetic gem: — 


"Darker, Darker and more wan 
In my breast the shadows fall, 
Upward steals the life of man, 
As the sunshine from the wall, 
From the wall into the skies, 
From the roof along the spire, 
Oh the soul of those that die 
Are but the sunbeams lifted higher." 

The Capitular Review is capably presented 'by George W. 
Kite who replaces David McGregor as correspondent. We 
have enjoyed Comp. McGregor's reviews and regret that he 
has laid aside his pen, but we should also take this opportunity 
of extending a welcome to Comp. Kite and to assure him that 
the lofty standard of New Jersey reviews has surely not 
suffered at his hands. Congratulations Comp. Kite. 

Turning to the review of Canada, we find that we have 
been accorded generous space and our Hamilton (1940) Con- 
vocation carefully covered; nothing of moment appears to 
have ibeen overlooked, not even a friendly comment on our 
last review. 

Following the election of Officers, John IS. Caie was duly 
installed as Grand High Priest, while the ever-faithful 
Charles D. McCracken was re-elected and installed as Grand 

At the close of Grand Chapter, the Order of High Priest- 
hood convened. 

New Jersey is faithfully represented in Canada by A. D. 
Mclntyre of Toronto, while our Grand Chapter is equally 
well represented in New Jersey by our old and valued friend, 
Dr. Godfrey Pittis. 


Sherwood Y. Jackson, Grand High Priest. 

A. A. Keen, Grand Secretary. 

The Forty-fifth Annual Convocation convened in Albu- 
querque on May 11, 1942. 

M. Ex. Comp. Jackson having opened Grand Chapter, six 
Past Grand High Priests and fourteen Grand Representatives 
were officially received and welcomed, as also were the Grand 
High Priest and Grand Secretary of Arizona. 

A resolution was presented iby M. Ex. Comp. R. F. Asp- 
lund, the preamble of which detailed the effort being made by 
Grand Lodge to raise funds for the work undertaken by the 
Masonic Service Association in connection with war work at 


Masonic Welfare Centres. The resolution recommended the 
appointment of a special Committee to work with the Grand 
Master, Grand High Priest and rulers of other Masonic 
Bodies in formulating plans and co-ordinating the efforts of 
Masonry in General in New Mexico. After considerable dis- 
cussion, the resolution was finally adopted. 

In an earnest address, M. Ex. Comp. Jackson covers in 
abbreviated form, his official acts since assuming office. He 
lists his appointments, visitations and dispensations; these, 
however, were not numerous. He recommends consideration 
being given to the matter of remitting dues of all Companions 
who are on active service; also he suggests a continuance of 
the Special Guest Nights to which symbolic Masons are in- 
vited to attend. He believes these productive of much good in 
promoting interest in the Royal Arch. 

With an expression of appreciation to the Past Grand High 
Priests for their advice and assistance, and a kindly reference 
to the splendid co-operation of the officers and especially the 
Grand Secretary, the Grand High Priest closes a very fine 
report on the year's labour. 

The Grand Treasurer's report is interesting, recording 
some $30,000.00 in assets in all Funds; of this amount 
$26,000.00 represents investment in the Masonic Home. The 
Grand Secretary reports a balanced budget and a very slight 
loss in membership. ; 

The report on Foreign Correspondence is capably written 
by that veteran reviewer, Reuben Perry, P.G.H.P. In his 
"Foreword" he enumerates the Grand Chapters under review 
and lists those Grand Jurisdictions showing a gain for the 
year. He concludes with this terse but tragic comment: — 

"Reports have not been received from Totalitarian Countries as 
Masonry has been suppressed in these countries." 

How true, and how vividly these words remind us of our 
fate should the United Nations fail to win this war. But 
then we must not let ourselves think of losing the war. No 
matter how long it may take, or what sacrifices we have to 
make, we are going to win, for is it not written that "right 
shall prevail?" 

As usual Comp. Perry deals generously with Canada. He 
gives full coverage to our 1941 Convocation. Refers to our 
G.Z.'s address, finances, the reports of the various committees, 
in fact, shows a rare ability, to report all that transpired in 
a few short, concise words. His comment on our last review 


is friendly and very much appreciated by this Correspondent, 
who lacks the experienced touch of a master hand such as 
characterizes the reviews of Comp. Perry. 

Albert J. Noyes was elected and installed Grand High 
Priest, and as to be expected, the courteous and efficient dean 
of Grand Secretaries, Comp. A. A. Keen, continues in office. 

The proceedings are embellished with a very fine gravure 
portrait of the retiring Grand High Priest, Sherwood Y. Jack- 
son. The biographical sketch impresses one with the thought 
that this Companion is not only 1 a tower of strength to 
Masonry, but is most active in the public life of the community 
in which he resides. 

John W. Elder is our representative in New Mexico while 
one of our most outstanding Masons, Frank A. Copus, has the 
honour to represent New Mexico near our Jurisdiction. 


Hamilton B. Mathews, Grand First Principal. 

F. R. Sinden, Grand Scribe E. 

Quarterly Convocation February 14th, 1940, held in Syd- 
ney, was opened in Ancient and Solemn form with M. Ex. 
Comp. Mathews presiding. 

Thirty-five Grand Representatives were present to repre- 
sent their respective Jurisdictions, Canada being ably and 
honourably represented by M. Ex. Comp. Mathews, G.Z. 

Past Grand Rank was conferred upon a large number of 
Companions for meritorious service to the Royal Craft. 

A motion was adopted to exempt Chapters from paying 
Grand Chapter dues on all members Who have enlisted in the 
Armed Forces. This is to be effective for the duration of the 
war and twelve months thereafter. The exemption of such 
dues is general in Canada but no provision is made for extend- 
ing this moratorium beyond the duration of the war. We con- 
sider this a very wise and fair provision by New South Wales. 

From the Grand Z.'s address, we learn that New South 
Wales has been a Supreme Grand Chapter for 50 years. He 
also makes thoughtful reference to the unfortunate estrange- 
ment that exists between the two Grand Chapters in New 
South Wales. Divided control is always contentious and 
where a ban is in force prohibiting inter-visits, it would 
almost appear as though the best interest of Masonry was 
being sacrificed by this greatly-to-be-regretted condition 


which we, in Canada, fail to understand, but which we sin- 
cerely trust may be soon amicably adjusted so that peace, 
harmony and brotherly love may once again prevail. 

M. Ex. Comp. Mathews closes his address with an appeal 
to his companions for co-operation. He states : — 

"The way ahead is difficult." 

and he seeks for the wisest course to pursue. 

Quarterly meeting May 8, 1940, after the opening cere- 
monies, the Grand Z. delivered his Quarterly address. We 
quote a line or two : — 

"With all spiritual forces united to control and strengthen our 
natural outlook, we go forward fearlessly into the future. Factional 
interests prevent the full and free flow of spontaneity which is essen- 
tial in order properly to express our feelings. Masonry without 
Brotherly Love is an empty shell — a sounding brass and a tinkling 
cymbal, and of no significance." 

It is interesting to note that despite the perilous times 
through which we are passing, that our Companions in New 
South Wales are still issuing warrants for New Chapters — 
as evidence of this we note the constitution and dedication of 
St. Mary's Chapter. It is quite some time since a New Chapter 
has been authorized in Canada. 

The reports of the District Inspectors make interesting 
reading and indicate that the Constituent Chapters are active, 
vigorous and enthusiastic. 

Quarterly held on August 14, 1940. 

We quote the closing remarks of the G.Z.'s address: — 

"As the years pass, increasing numbers of our Chapters will cele- 
brate their Jubilee and give further expression to the true spirit of 
Masonry, the brotherhood of man in all its freedom, in all its reality, 
in all its beauty, arising from and given zest by their independent 
existence in this Great Southern Land' — Australia of the Free." 

Election of Officers was held on November 13, 1940, the 
Grand Installation taking place on December 4 at a Special 
Convocation. It is interesting to note that M. Ex. Comp 
Hamilton B. Mathews was again installed as G.Z. while R. E 
Comp. Sinden continues in the important office of Granr 
Scribe E. 

The Report on Fraternal Correspondence is written by a 
Committee with A. J. Kaglund as Chairman. The foreword 
informs us that a brief digest has had to be adopted owing to 


the necessary restrictions on newsprint due to war conditions. 
This statement sounds very familiar to us as we in Canada 
are operating under the same difficult conditions. 

The responsibility for reviewing Canada evidently fell to 
the lot of Comp. H. B. Squire and we must admit that he has 
covered very efficiently our 1940 Convocation in the condensed 
space allotted to us. He quotes liberally from M. Ex. Comp. 
Stephens' address, and tersely comments "good advice" to 
our G.Z.'s admonition that Masons should teach by their deeds 
and life. 

We feel complimented in Comp. Squire's statement that 
our reviews are a credit to the reviewer. We, in turn, must 
pay tribute to Comp. Squire for his generous treatment of 

As already noted, M. Ex. Comp. H. B. Mathews represents 
our Grand Chapter in New South Wales, while M. Ex. Comp. 
R. B. Dargavel, one of Canada's most talented craftsmen, is 
honoured by holding the commission of New South Wales near 
our Grand Chapter. 


George Rosendale, Grand High Priest. 

Carl G. Wilhelms, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Forty-fifth Annual Convocation 
held in Albany on February 3rd and 4th, 1942. 

Grand Chapter opened in ample form with prayer at the 
Altar by the Grand Chaplain, the Rev. C. D. Broughton. In 
a most eloquent plea for Divine aid, Comip. Broughton brings 
to a close a most impressive invocation, quoting the lines of 
an old familiar hymn : — 

"O Master, let us walk with Thee, 
In lowly paths of service free . . . 
In hope that sends a shining ray- 
Far down the future's broadening way; 
In peace that only Thou canst give, 
With Thee, Master, let us live." 

Thirteen Past Grand High Priests and thirty-one Grand 
Representatives were received and extended the usual cour- 
tesies. As to be expected, many guests were present to par- 
take of the well-known hospitality of New York; Canada 
being represented by the late John M. Empey, G.Z. and M. Ex. 
Comps. W. Y. Mills and L. F. Stephens. Other jurisdictions 
represented by delegations included New Jersey, Delaware, 


Vermont, Maine, Ohio, Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, 
Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Following 
these jurisdictions, we note the presence of the rulers of 
Scottish Rite, Knights Templar, Royal and Select Masters 
with Grand Lodge in the place of honour and represented by 
the Deputy Grand Master. 

M. Ex. Comp. Rosendale's address occupies some thirty 
pages in the proceedings and makes most interesting reading. 
After a few appropriate words of greeting, he pays tribute 
to the Fraternal Dead in a most impressive Memorial to the 
memory of many distinguished Companions whose deaths 
have been recorded since the last Convocation. 

Commenting on the sum of Two Thousand Dollars having 
been disbursed for charitable purposes, he suggests a like sum 
be appropriated for the coming year. 

Dispensations were numerous but purely routine in char- 
acter. Under Order of High Priesthood, he informed Grand 
Chapter that five High Priests having failed to receive the 
Order, were disqualified from presiding over their respective 

M. Ex. Comp. Rosendale reports the appointment of many 
new Grand Representatives, lists the Chapters which have 
been granted Certificates of Merit, and gives coverage to his 
many fraternal visits. We note with passing interest his 
reference to visiting our Grand Chapter on April 23, 1941. 
We always enjoy the visit from our New York friends, giving 
us as it does, the opportunity of making new friendships, and 
cementing valued friendships made in days gone by. 

The Grand High Priest refers to the inauguration of a 
Royal Arch Go-To-Church Sunday and reports that it proved 
a real success. He concludes an address written in the well- 
known and characteristic style of George Rosendale with 
these words: — 

"This has been a very happy year. I have renewed old friendships 
and made new ones. If I had 1 the year to live over, I would probably 
have done some things differently. However, the record is written and 
we cannot change the past, but past experiences provide the guiding 
lights for the future." 

The Grand Treasurer presented a lengthy report the re- 
capitulation of which provides the comforting information 
that the assets of Grand Chapter amount to $362,200.82, of 
which amount $117,459.08 is earmarked as a special Fund 
for Tuberculosis Relief. Truly a magnificent sum for such a 
worthy purpose. 


The Grand Secretary reports 650 new members by exalta- 
tion, affiliation and restoration, but this is greatly offset by 
deaths, suspensions and demits, resulting in a net loss for 
the year. 

In a comprehensive review of financial conditions, as re- 
specting Constituent Chapters, M. Ex. Comp. Seth T. Cole 
presented the report of a special committee on Finances and 
Life Membership. A recommendation is made to adopt the 
budget system which Grand Lodge inaugurated some years 
ago and which is proving most beneficial to its Lodges. 

Referring to that bugbear of Masonry, Life Membership, 
the committee does not hesitate to say that in its judgment, 
Royal Arch Masonry would be better off if all Life Member- 
ship plans were rescinded. This correspondent heartily 
endorses this statement. In Canada we face the same situation 
as apparently prevails in New York and most of the other 
jurisdictions. Many of our Chapters are financially embar- 
rassed simply because they have an over^preponderance of 
Life Members on their roll. 

The Committee on Memorials, through the Chairman, Rev. 
Charles D. Broughton, presented a beautifully worded tribute 
to those Who have joined the Immortals. Comp. Broughton 
commences this report with the caption "FORWARD 
THROUGH BEREAVEMENT" and has this to say:— 

"The workman who is sure of his skill does not mind having his work 
tested. Rather he invites it. We are not called upon to welcome sorrow. 
Our Lord Himself prayed to be delivered from His own cup of bitter- 
ness — until He became convinced that the will of His Father was that 
he should meet His Calvary. 

"It is a sad commentary on human nature that so many of us should 
go through life with only the most casual recognition of Him who has 
given us all the good things we enjoy. We come to take them for 

George E. Briggs again writes the report on Foreign Cor- 
respondence, his fifteenth by the way. His "Foreword" is a 
carefully prepared commentary on various phases of condi- 
tions throughout the realm of Royal Arch Masonry and makes 
very delectable reading. The "Foreword" closes with a word 
of thanks to all those who have expressed their opinion that 
Comp. Briggs "did a good job" in 1941. He concludes with 
an old favourite which, space or no space, we are going to 
emote: — 


"The heart of a friend never wanders nor douibts, 
No matter if years intervene, 
The old faith is there, and naught can compare 
With the comfort it gives, though unseen. 
Yes, the heart of a friend is the one thing I prize, 
As life lengthens and twilight descends; 
It's the last boon I'll ask, when I finish my task, 
That I live in the hearts of my friends." 

In his review of Canada, Comp. Briggs furnishes a very 
complete summarization of our 1941 Convocation. Nothing of 
importance seems to have escaped the keen eye of this 
experienced reviewer. He comments on finances, membership, 
the visitors present, our Grand Z.'s address, and does not even 
pass a reference to our Grand Z.'s youngest child — 'The Royal 
Arch Banner." Tihis little brochure is read and generally 
appreciated by our membership and in this writers opinion, 
amply justifies its publication. Comp. Briggs presents us with 
a verbal bouquet and suggests that we are capably filling the 
position so ably held by our late beloved reviewer, Col. W. N. 

We thank Comp. Briggs for this all-too-flattering com- 
ment. One would indeed need rose-coloured glasses to see in 
our humble effort any merit comparable to the writings of 
Comp. Ponton. However, we can but do our best and words 
of commendation such as those expressed by Comp. Briggs 
prove a source of inspiration and encouragement. 

May we correct here his reference to so-called "Foreign 
Jurisdictions." We dislike this term, believing it is not appli- 
cable to Masonry, which as an institution knows no inter- 
national boundaries, or lines of demarkation. We make a 
practice of substituting the word "Fraternal" for "Foreign" 
and believe it to be more in keeping with the tenets and 
principles of Freemasonry. 

Wright J. Burley having been elected Grand High Priest, 
was duly installed into that high and important office. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened for the purpose 
of conferring the Order in accordance with Constitutional 

It was a very happy arrangement that led to the appoint- 
ment as Grand Representatives, such well- skilled and exceed- 
ingly popular Craftsmen as R. L. Donovan, who looks after 
Canada's interest in New York, and W. Y. Mills, who is 
privileged to perform a similar duty for New York near our 
Grand Jurisdiction. 



C. A. Eckford, First Grand Principal. 

F. J. Rea, Grand Scribe E. 

Fiftieth and Jubilee Convocation of the Supreme Grand 
Royal Arch Chapter of New Zealand held on February 18, 
1942, in the City of Wellington. 

The Companions having assembled under their respective 
banners, the Grand Z. declared Grand Chapter opened in 
ample form, after which all present arose and sang the 
National Anthem. Four hundred delegates were in attend- 
ance, including a number of distinguished visitors. 

From the valedictory address of the G.Z., we quote a few 
lines: — 

"Royal Arch Freemasonry continues to make steady progress in 
our Dominion, and it is satisfactory to record that we pass lour 
Fiftieth Anniversary with a record membership of 4,260, and that there 
is every evidence that the interest in this branch of Freemasonry will 
continue. " 

"Companions, as Mark Masons we worked in the quarries and wrought 
a stone. In the quarry of life we are also shaping a- stone. It may 
be a curiously wrought stone, but let us each see that masterly skill 
is displayed in its execution, and we can then hope that it will "be 
found worthy of a place in the Most High's intended structure, & 
brighter and happier world for the redemption of mankind." 

The Supreme Committee's report deals with many ad- 
ministrative matters and refers to the Jubilee Church Service 
held in each District. It also covers a recommendation that 
Jubilee Honours be conferred upon a number of Companions 
for years of faithful service and meritorious work. 

It is of interest to Canadians to note the expression of 
appreciation for the conferring of the Royal Arch Degree in 
McCallum Chapter, Canada, upon a New Zealander who is 
now located in this country, also the thanks tendered this 
Jurisdiction for hospitality extended to many Companions 
from New Zealand. 

The reports of the various Grand Superintendents provide 
interesting reading, without exception they record a year of 
great interest, enthusiasm, and progress despite the war-time 
conditions prevailing. 

New Zealand, for the fifth consecutive year, reported an 
increase in membership. Congratulations are in order and we 
express the earnest hope that our Companions in New Zealand 
may continue to advance and prosper. 


Following the election of officers, the Installing Officer 
directed the Grand Director of Ceremonies to retire with 
Companions representing the Navy, Army and Air Force for 
the purpose of introducing the Grand First Principal-Elect. 
They returned with Sir Cyril Newall, Marshall of the Royal 
Air Force and Governor-General of New Zealand who, accord- 
ing to ancient custom, was installed, invested and proclaimed 
Grand Z. After the investiture of the other officers, the newly 
installed G.Z. addressed his Companions. From this magnifi- 
cent and eloquent address, we are constrained to quote a few 
lines which carry an encouraging message to us in these dark 
day of war and anxiety. 

"The war news at the moment is grave, and we must face it gravely. 
But we must not lose our sense of perspective, we must not allow the 
seriousness of the situation to overburden us. Less than two years ago 
the Empire was in far more dire peril than it is today." 

"You know how the Battle of Britain was fought and won by the 
Royal Air Force. But those very gallant young men were not the 
only victors in that battle. It was won by the ordinary citizens of 
Great Britain." 

"London might burn, their homes might be reduced to heaps of 
rubble, their fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, brothers and 
sisters might be killed, but they would never surrender." 

"From what source did they draw this courage? From the knowl- 
edge that they were not alone. In the first place, they had each other — 
everyone in the country, young and old, rich and poor, were 'in !the 
show' together. And then there was the Empire — stretching out to 
the farthest ends of the earth. And then there was the United States 
of America, the other home of English-speaking people who were press- 
ing on with their invaluable assistance. And lastly there was the faith, 
deep set in every heart, that God was on our side." 

"And what of the future? We are flighting that we may hand on 
untarnished, the glorious heritage which has been placed in our safe- 
keeping by our fathers before us. Throughout this conflict, we must 
remember that sacred trust, and the children of today to whom we 
shall pass it on. For peace is not a jewel which once gained can safely 
be locked away, but a living thing which must be nurtured and cared 
for perpetually." 

The Deputy Grand Master conveyed the Greetings of 
Grand Lodge to M. Ex. Comp. Newall in these words : — 

"It would, I am sure, be in accordance with the wishes of the Grand 
Master, for me to take this opportunity of affirming the loyalty, esteem 
and respectful affection of the Masonic Brethren for His Most Gracious 
Majesty, the King and to you, as His representative, we pledge our 
fidelity, our service, and our goodwill. 

At the Banquet following the close of Grand Chapter. 


many ancient toasts were honoured, among those we note one 
to the Veterans, those Companions whose ages ranged from 
76 to 91. The proposer of this toast, after a glowing tribute 
to the zeal and fidelity of these Companions, concluded with 
this poetic effusion: — 

"They must keep splendid loyalties, and not fall prey to lesser things, 
What use are breath and strength if we no longer feel 
The thrill of battle for some holy cause, 
Or hear high morning bugles calling us away. 

"Nay! We must keep faith with the unnumbered brave 

Who pushed aside horizons 

That we might reach the higher things." 

Canada is ably represented in our Sister Dominion by J. 
H. Harkness, while Dr. J. A. Evans of Toronto has the 
honour to represent New Zealand near our Grand Chapter. 


Charles M. Gueth, Grand High Priest. 

Wm. Ritchie Smith, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Nineteenth. Annual Convocation 
was held at New Bern on May 13, 1941. M. Ex. Comp. Gueth 
declared Grand Chapter open in ample form after which the 
Grand Chaplain offered the Invocation. Nine Past Grand 
High Priests were present and given Grand Honours. 

Thirty-three Grand Representatives answered the roll call 
of sister jurisdictions and were duly honoured. We note with 
regret the absence of Canada's representative. 

Knights Templar and Royal and Select Masters were rep- 
resented by their respective rulers, while the Grand High 
Priest of South Carolina was also in attendance. All of these 
distinguished Companions were welcomed fittingly. 

The address of M. Ex. [Comp. Gueth, although character- 
ized by brevity, was nevertheless a complete record of his 
official acts for the past year. His comment on world condi- 
tions is interesting and tells a story which we, in Canada, 
know all too well. We are forced to take issue with his 
statement that the vital roots of Masonry are nourished only 
in the rich soil of the Western Hemisphere and virtually 
within the border of the United States. We strongly suggest 
that he should not overlook the Masonry of the British Isles, 
the home of the Mother Grand Lodge of the world, nor should 
he fail to notice the splendid work being carried on in Aus- 
tralia, New Zealand and other far-flung outposts of the 


British Empire. We are too modest to suggest that here in 
Canada Masonry still flourishes in all its branches and ramifi- 
cations. Despite the stress and turmoil of a devastating war, 
our brethren of the British Isles still continue Masonic busi- 
ness in the same old stand and, strange to say, that while we 
in Canada and the United States are finding the going some- 
what difficult, membership under the Grand Chapters of Eng- 
land, Ireland and Scotland still continue to show a steady 
growth. We trust Comp. Gueth will forgive this somewhat 
lengthy "retort courteous." 

The Grand High Priest refers to the splendid work being 
done by Masonic Orphanages and recommends an appropri- 
ation to the<^ Homes and to the Library Fund. 

Comp. Gueth concludes a well-written report with an 
optimistic reference to Royal Arch Masonry and in fact to 
Masonry in general throughout the States. 

The reports of the Grand Treasurer and Grand Secretary 
would indicate that like the majority of Grand Chapters, 
North Carolina, while financially sound, is faced with a slight 
shrinkage in membership. 

The Committee on Necrology pay an eloquent tribute to 
those who have passed to the Great Beyond. We quote a verse 
from this impressive report: — 

"What is death? Oh! what is death? 
Tis slumber to the weary — 
'Tis rest to the forlorn — 
'Tis shelter to the dreary — 
'Tis peace amid the storm 
'Tis the entrance to our home — 
'Tis the passage to that God 1 — 
Who bids His children come, 
When their weary course is trod. 
Such is death! yes, such is death!" 

The report on Foreign Correspondence is by J. Edward 
Allen and is most readable, interesting, instructive and illu- 
minative. While Comp. Allen does not follow the beaten path 
of Fraternal Reviewers generally, he provides a diversion 
from the usual mill-run of such reports, but naturally it is 
difficult to review. 

Under the caption of "Greetings" Companion Allen deals 
with present-day conditions and indulges in some prognosti- 
cations with which we are heartily in accord, but we let him 
tell it in his own words. Here is an excerpt: — 

"But we have the feeling that the story of Royal Arch Masonry 
for a few years to come will be very portentous in the history of the 


entire Masonic system for centainly a half-century into the future. 
Royal Arch Masonry will be a useful index of what may be expected 
and we simply ask our readers to think about these things, whether 
they agree with us or not." 

Referring to his own willingness to meet conditions, he has 
this to say: — 

"Although past the usual military service age, he is ready and will- 
ing to go anywhere and do anything possible. He will not complain 
about high taxes, for he would rather give the half of his possessions 
to help his government to victory, than give them all and himself to 
boot, to Hitler. This scribe has very personal reasons for this attitude. 
What chance would a Past Grand Master of Masons, knowning as 
much about Masonry's affairs as the Foreign Correspondent knows, 
have in one of Hitler's concentration camps? Some one has wisely 
said that only the savage on seeing the eclipse, believes the sun will 
never shine again." 

We regret that space will not permit further quotations 
from this dissertation which is sufficiently comprehensive to 
embrace not only Masonry and War-time conditions, but also 
historical events of decided interest which have a very definite 
reader value. With all sincerity we pay merited tribute to 
Comp. Allen for a really worth-while contribution. 

Charles H. Pugh was elected and installed as Grand High 
Priest, his portrait provides the frontispiece to the proceed- 
ings. In his biographic sketch, we learn of his great activity 
not only as a medical man and as an outstanding citizen, but 
also as a Mason who appears to be most active in all 
branches of the brotherhood. There is a trite saying that if 
you' want a thing done well-, choose a busy man. North Caro- 
lina surely has made no mistake. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

Frank G. McLean represents North Carolina in Canada, 
while W. G. Bandy is our representative in North Carolina. 


Chester J. Pearce, Grand High Priest. 

M. C. Hambright, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Annual Convocation 
held in Columbus on October 1st and 2nd, 1941. Grand Chap- 
ter opened in ample form with M. Ex. Comp. Pearce presid- 
ing. The Grand Chaplain delivered the opening invocation. 

Seventeen Past Grand High Priests were present to lend 


their support to the ruling Grand High Priest. As the pil- 
grims in the Eastern lands wend their way to Mecca, so the 
visitors from all parts of the United States seem to journey 
toward Ohio to partake of the well-known hospitality of this 
Grand Chapter. Kansas, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, 
Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, were all duly repre- 
sented. We should not omit to mention that Canada also was 
duly represented by M. Ex. Comp. John M. Empey, G.Z., and 
M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, Grand Scribe E. Since this visit, 
we have lost a gem from our Masonic diadem, M. Ex. Comp. 
Empey succumbed to a lingering illness, leaving behind frag- 
rant memories of a well-spent life. 

General Grand Chapter, Knights Templar, Royal and 
Select Masters, and delegates from the Grand Lodge of Ohio, 
completes the list of guests who were officially received and 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Pearce occupies sixty-seven 
pages and covers minutely his official acts, records in detail 
his many visitations and carries some splendid suggestions, 
comments on current events, and provides much food for 
reflection. In his words of welcome to the assembled com- 
panions, he has this to say. 

"Amid all these changes and disturbing influences, the fundamental 
and basic teachings of Masonry remain unchanged. Those principles 
and ideals which have always characterized our Fraternity still dis- 
tinguish us. Both Masonry and our country were founded on the great 
spiritual realities of life. Basic landmarks of Masonry are faith in 
God, and belief in the immortality of the human soul. Masonry, strip- 
ped of these landmarks, would not and could not exist. The founda- 
tions of our country were laid in the same verities. All things worthy 
to endure are built on the 'Rock of Ages.' But all such must struggle 
to survive the struggle to maintain that which is continuing life." 

Under "Conditions of the Grand Chapter," the G.H.P. 
comments upon the fact that losses have been decreased 54 
percent and stated that while he was pleased with the progress 
made, he was not altogether satisfied. He announced the can- 
cellation of the Commissions of five Grand Representatives 
who failed to give that representation to the jurisdiction 
whose commissions they held that is rightfully expected of 
them. This correspondent heartily agrees with this action. 
Indifference on the part of a Grand Representative should be 
the signal for a recall of his commission and the appointment 
of a more active Companion. 

Reference is made to the presentation by Grand Chapter 
to the Rickley Memorial Hospital of a complete X-ray outfit 


costing $2,500.00. Truly this was a generous act on the part 
of our Ohio companions. 

M. Ex. Comp. Pearce refers to the presentation of a gavel 
made of Acacia wood from the vicinity of Jerusalem ; in the 
head of the gavel are set stones taken from the base of pillars 
from the ruins of King Solomon's Temple. 

Many dispensations were sought and in most cases 
granted, but we find nothing of unusual import in these. We 
were somewhat startled when we noted reference to dedication 
of Toronto Chapter. We were not aware of the existence of 
a Toronto in Ohio; we also have a Toronto Chapter located 
in Toronto, Ontario. 

Fifty-year emblems were distributed to some seventy-three 
eligibles during the year. A worthy gesture to these members 
of the "Old Guard." 

The Grand High Priest concludes a splendid address with 
this thought: — 

"Our Country and our Fraternity were both built upon a solid founda- 
tion by hardy pioneers. They built their bridges well for us, who 
now pass their way. Let us not now burn these bridges behind us. Our 
work ahead demands deliberation, coupled with optimism, constructively 

The Grand Treasurer's report must be gratifying to the 
Companions of Ohio. Investments amount to $85,800.00. 
While showing a net loss in membership, it is interesting to 
note from the Grand Secretary's report that new additions 
total 1,876 members. 

From the Report on Fraternal Correspondence, we note 
that fraternal relations with Ireland is recommended, and an 
exchange of representatives be re-established. 

The report on Necrology written by the Grand Chaplain, 
opens with an extract from Longfellow's "THE PSALM OF 

"Lives of Great men all remind us 
We can make our lives sublime, 
And, departing, leave behind us 
Footprints on the sands of time." 

Continuing, he says: — 

"As poetry that is beautiful and impressive; but, as a matter of 
fact, footprints made only in the sands of time are soon obliterated 
by the tides of time which continuously ebb and flow across them. This 
means that, ere long, neither sign nor trace of them remain. On the 
other hand, footprints of those we love, made in our hearts, are 
eternally fixed and abide beyond all the effacement and beyond all the 
reach and touch of time and tide." 


Past Grand High Priest Carl W. Sperling's Review is a 
masterly compilation of facts and figures embracing the 
highlights of the various Grand Chapters under review. In 
his foreword Comp. Sperling quotes from an address of the 
G.Z. of New Zealand and as this excerpt contains a great 
truth, we quote: — 

"There is a greater work to be done in the future than in the past. 
We are called upon this day as never before to exemplify our principles, 
to so present the greater truths — the Fatherhood of God and the 
brotherhood of man, that the world may judge us (by what is seen 
rather than by what we tell it." 

Canada enjoys a very complete review of our London 1941 
Convocation with liberal extracts from our Grand Z.'s address 
and commentaries on several of our Committee reports. 

It concludes with a lengthy excerpt from this correspon- 
dent's Foreword. We appreciate Comp. Sperling's courteous 
treatment of Canada and of our last review. May we say that 
Ohio always furnishes us with pleasant reading. From cover 
to cover it is interesting and contains a wealth of informative 
and illuminating material for the thoughtful Mason. The 
reviews are distinctive and complete. 

Burr A. Sanford was elected and installed as Grand High 
Priest with Comp. Hambright again assuming the duties of 
Grand Secretary- 

The order of High Priesthood held its Annual Convention 
at the close of Grand Chapter. 

Henry Gruen is Canada's representative in Ohio, while our 
popular Grand Scribe E., Edwin Smith, plays a similar role 
in Canada for Ohio. 


Clarence Brain, Grand High Priest. 

James A. Lathim, Grand Secretary. 

The Fifty- third Annual Convocation was held at Ada, on 
April 21, 22, 1942. 

Grand Chapter having been opened by M. Ex. Comp. 
Brain, the Invocation was then delivered by the Grand Chap- 

The distinguished guests included the Grand Master of 
Grand Council, Grand Commander of Knights Templar, and 
the Grand Master and his escort from the Grand Lodge of 
Oklahoma. All were received with appropriate honours and 
extended fraternal greetings. 

Sister Jurisdictions were honoured through their Grand 


Representatives, thirty-five of whom were in attendance. 

The address of the Grand High Priest is referred to as a 
report. It is lengthy and occupies some twenty-eight pages 
in the Proceedings. This comprehensive review of the year's 
work is interesting and gives one a perfect pen-picture of 
Masonic conditions in Oklahoma. The report opens with the 
Companions standing with bowed heads in silent prayer as 
a tribute to the Fraternal Dead. The Grand High Priest then 
enumerated the program for 1941-42. The program is in 
seven sections and contains many worth-while plans which 
other Grand Chapters might well emulate. 

From this program we extract the following which is 
something that every Mason should realize: — 

"Royal Arch Masons occupy a peculiar position in the Masonic Sys- 
tem of the English-speaking world. Being a vital part and the culmina- 
tion of Ancient Craft Masonry, you are in duty bound to support your 
Grand Lodge and your brethren of the Symbolic) Degrees in all of their 
undertakings while it is your pleasure and happiness to promote the 
interests and well-being of your brethren of the higher degrees." 

Under 'The Activities of Constituent Chapters" the 
Grand High Priest refers to the work of the District Officers 
and incorporates in his address, the results obtained in each 
of those ten Districts. A map of the jurisdiction with red 
markings showing the various Chapters, appears in the pro- 
ceedings and is quite unique. 

Speaking on the question of Constituent Chapters, the 
G.H.P. has this to say: — 

"We greatly fear that the Grand Royal Arch Chapter, for some years 
past, has been drifting towards a dictatorial attitude in its relation with 
its Constituents to whom it owes its existence and from whom it de- 
rives its powers." 

Among the decisions rendered, we note one in which the 
G.H.P. rules that a member is eligible to office and may be 
elected to same if he is in good standing, regardless as to 
whether he is present or not. He also rules that an elective 
or appointed officer cannot be installed by proxy. In Canada, 
this rule applies to Elective officers only. Appointed officers 
may be installed by proxy. 

Another ruling of more than passing interest permits a 
Chapter to take its Charter and hold its meeting anywhere 
within its territorial jurisdiction. A dispensation is, of 
course, necessary, and the hall or building must meet with 
the approval of the G.H.P. 


The dispensations issued were all of a routine character. 
The G.H.P. records a number of commissions issued to Grand 
Representatives and draws attention to the fact that Okla- 
homa is not in fraternal relations with Scotland. He recom- 
mends that this condition should be rectified. 

Visitations are fully set forth and copies of correspondence 
on various matters are also given space in this address, which 
closes with a summary of the year's work and thanks to all 
who assisted. 

The Treasurer's report indicates a General Fund of 
$28,000.00 and an Educational Fund of $22,000.00. 

Oklahoma, in collaboration With Grand Lodge, sponsors a 
splendid work in the Masonic Home and Vocational Training 
School. In this connection we note that some $83,000.00 has 
been loaned to deserving young men and women for educa- 
tional purposes. Truly a wonderful work! We congratulate 
our Companions of Oklahoma. 

Membership loss for the year is quite insignificant. 

Glenn B. Young presents a brief report on Fraternal Cor- 
respondence and confines his reviews to a limited number of 
United States Grand Chapters. We regret that Comp. Young 
fails to include Canada in the favoured few. His reviews are 
sketchy and marked by extreme brevity, but nevertheless 
appear to cover the more important phases of the meetings 
of the Grand Chapters under review. 

Following the election of Officers, Hayward H. Skaggs was 
installed as Grand High Priest, while Comp. Lathim con- 
tinues as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

Ed. Worth of Chatham represents Canada in Oklahoma, 
while William Noble is Canada's representative in Oklahoma. 


Bart. B. Bracchi, Grand High Priest. 

D. Ruf us Cheney, Grand Secretary. 

The Eighty-second Annual Convocation was held in Port- 
land on April 15, 1942. 

Grand Chapter having been opened, Past Grand High 
Priests and Grand Representatives were extended a cordial 
welcome. The Grand High Priest of Washington, the Grand 
Master of Grand Council of Oregon and the Grand Com- 
mander Knights Templar were all received with honours and 
fraternally greeted. 


The address of the Grand High Priest occupies twenty-six 
pages in the proceedings, covering many visitations and his 
official acts. It is noteworthy that M. Ex. Comp. Bracchi made 
one hundred visits and in doing so travelled some 11,000 miles. 
Truly the G.H.P. gives a splendid exemplification of devotion 
to duty. 

Under the caption of Necrology, he refers to the death of 
many Companions and pays graceful tribute to their memory. 

Among the edicts is one which discourages the collecting 
of Chapter pennies except in the case of an authorized collec- 
tion. This correspondent heartily agrees with the G.HP.'s 
ruling in this regard. These penny collectors are more or less 
of a nuisance and in many cases, pennies reach profane hands 
that may well use them for an unworthy purpose. 

Another edict calls for Chapters to convene at an earlier 
hour than has been customary, the object being to avoid inter- 
ruption due to possible "tblackouts." 

Comp. Bracchi concludes with several recommendations 
all of which deal with purely local matters. He expresses his 
keen appreciation to all who assisted during the year and be- 
speaks for his successor a continuation of the same loyal 
support that had been accorded to him. 

Oregon's finances appear to be in splendid shape,, while it 
has the satisfaction of recording a healthy increase in mem- 
bership. Congratulations and best wishes — may you con- 
tinue your progress in the right direction. 

Lloyd L. Scott as Reviewer presented a brief report deal- 
ing largely with statistics. We note with sincere regret the 
startling figures which inform us that in the jurisdiction re- 
viewed by him our membership was decreased by 9,083 deaths. 
Truly the Grim Reaper has been busy among the faithful of 
the Capitular Craft. 

The Grand Orator's address proved a wonderful disserta- 
tion on a timely subject. Entitled "The Challenge of the 
Times" this address, written in scholarly style, carries us 
down through the historic past to the present day and ends 
with a quotation from Tennyson's "Loeksley Hall" — we quote 
two verses:-- 

* Till the war-drum throb'd no longer 
And the battle-flags were furPd 
In the Parliament of man, the Federation 

Of the world. 
There the common sense of most shall 

hold fretful realm in awe, 
A.nd the kindly earth shall slumber, lapt 
in universal law." 


Following the election of Officers, J. K. Murton was eleva^ 
ted to the office of Grand High Priest. The Grand Secretary, 
as is to be expected, continues in Office. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

Fred A. Purdin is Canada's representative near Oregon, 
while W. E. Tregenza has the honour to represent Oregon 
near our Grand Chapter. Comp Tregenza replaces the late 
J. J. Gardiner, who for many years has been the faithful 
representative of Oregon. 


Frank R. Leech, Grand High Priest. 

John C. F. Kitselman, Grand Secretary. 

Quarterly Communication held in Philadelphia March 6, 
1941, with M.Ex. Comp. Leech in the Chair. Eight Past 
Grand High Priests and thirty-seven Grand Representatives 
were in attendance and received the usual honours with 
words of welcome by the G.H.P. 

Quarterly reports of the Finance Committee and the 
Grand Secretary indicate that fiscal affairs appear to be 
sound and carefully managed. The membership, however, 
again shows a substantial shrinkage. 

Quarterly held on June 5, 1941. M. Ex. Comp. Leech 
announced the death of the Grand Secretary, Comp. Joseph 
E. Quinby. M. Ex. Comp. John M. Core delivered the Memor- 
ial address in which he traced the activities of Comp. Quinby 
from his early days down to the time of his lamented death. 
He paid glowing tribute to the sterling qualities and splendid 
character that had made Comp. Quinby an outstanding figure 
not only in Masonic circles, but also in the public life of the 
Community in which he resided. 

May we interject a commentary and express on behalf of 
the Masons of the jurisdiction of Canada, our deepest sym- 
pathy. We who have not been privileged to know Comp. 
Quinby personally nevertheless, entertained a warm regard 
for him as a Grand Secretary wnose work in Masonry was 
known and appreciated far beyond the borders of Pennsyl- 
vania. You have lost a faithful, respected and efficient officer ; 
a friend and brother whose memory will long be cherished by 
those wtho knew him well and loved him best. Let us not 
think of him as dead, but rather as one who is but resting 
from his earthly labours, gathering strength for a better day 


to come, and let us not be unmindful that "death is but the 
golden key that opens the Temple of Immortality." 

Quarterly held on September 4, 1941 — this meeting was 
confined to the reading of Quarterly reports and transacting 
general business. 

Quarterly held on December 4, 1941 — M. Ex. Comp. Leech 
presiding. Many honoured and distinguished guests were re- 
ceived with that warmth so characteristic of our Companions 
of Pennsylvania. Among the visitors we note the presence 
of delegations from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, 
Connecticut, Vermont, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Maine, New 
Jersey, District of Columbia, Delaware, West Virginia, Colo- 
rado and Canada's Grand Z., the late John M. Empey. 
Knights Templar, Grand Council and the Most Worshipful 
Grand Lodge were also duly represented. 

Routine business having been disposed of, M. Ex. Comp. 
Leech delivered his Annual address. Couched in beautiful 
language, Comp. Leech gave a full account of his year's 

From his opening remarks, we find this of interest: — 

"We have so many things to be thankful for but are not always 
appreciative. God has blessed us but we are not always ready to 
acknowledge all He does for us. We accept, with more or less indiffer- 
ence, His many blessings and fail to show our gratitude by not serv- 
ing Him as we should." 

Companion Edgar A. Guest says: — 

■ "Be grateful for the kindly friends that walk along your way; 
Be grateful for the skies of blue that smile from day to day; 
Be grateful for the health you own,, the work you find to do, 
For 'round about you there are men less fortunate than you." 

Under Necrology, he pays sympathetic tribute to the pass- 
ing of many Companions with special reference to the death 
of Joseph E. Quinby, Charles C. Stroh, and Ellis Marshall 

Visitations are enumerated and indicate that the Grand 
High Priest gave generously of his time in the performance of 
his duties in this regard. His decisions, dispensations and 
appointments are fully covered. We note with interest and 
silent applause, the comments of Comp. Leech with respect 
to the use of rituals. We are afraid that in some jurisdic- 
tions, there is a careless disregard for the secrecy of the 
esoteric work. 

The G.H.P. records the appointment of John C. Kitselman 


as Grand Secretary, and in doing so paid well-deserved trib- 
ute to the invaluable assistance that he rendered since assum- 
ing" office. 

Comp. Leech closes a distinctly fine address with this lit- 
erary gem: — 

''I'd like to think that here and there 
When I am gone, there shall remain 
A happier spot that might have not 
Existed had I toiled for gain; 
That some one's cheery voice and smile 
Shall prove that I had been worth while; 
That I had paid with something fine 
My debt to God for life divine." 

As is usual in Pennsylvania, the Committee on Corres- 
pondence deal with the Capitular Reviews ; these being divided 
into groups and a reviewer from the Committee appointed for 
each group. We are happy to note that Canada is in the group 
reviewed by that experienced, well-known and well-beloved 
correspondent, John M. Core. In his "Foreword" Comp. Core 
deals vigorously with a subject that must be uppermost in 
the mind of every thinking Mason. We quote: — 

"No question of jurisdictional control or ritualistic differences now 
matter. The real question is, — Shall Freemasonry be destroyed? The 
Axis powers have abolished Freemasonry in all countries controlled by 
them, and should they be successful would undoubtedly abolish Free- 
masonry and Religion in Great Britain and the United States. Be not 
deceived by smooth promises; that is the goal of * the Totalitarian 

"Whether the different bodies show a loss or gain of membership 
this year over last is unimportant. Until such time as the common enemy 
is crushed and freedom maintained, we should concentrate on the one 
great issue of winning 1 a real victory for our people." 

To all of which we breath a fervent Amen. Comp. Core 
cleaves right to the heart of his subject, leaves nothing to 
imagination and furnishes much food for reflection. 

Our primary interest in the reviews being Canada, we turn 
first to Comp. Core's review of our London, 1941, meeting. 
Here we find that he has generously devoted three and one- 
half pages to a courteous and neighbourly summing up of all 
that transpired at that Convocation. He quotes liberally from 
our Grand Z.'s address and has a few words to say with refer- 
ence to finances and other matters. 

We appreciate his kindly reference to our review which he 
considers "very good." Excerpts from our review are given 
prominence and he refers to meeting M. Ex. Comp. J- M. 


Empey in December last. It is our painful duty to inform 
Comp. Core that our honoured and respected Grand First 
Principal died suddenly several months ago and we believe 
that Pennsylvania was almost his last fraternal visit. 

Election of Officers having- been held, M. Ex. Comp. Frank 
R. Leech was again declared Grand High Priest, the Grand 
Secretary's office being assumed by John C. F. Kitselman. 

Canada is represented in Pennsylvania by Samuel Shaw, 
while our Acting Grand First Principal, L. F. Stephens, K.C., 
keeps a friendly eye on matters of interest to Pennsylvania 
within our jurisdiction. 


A. W. Pratt, Grand First Principal. 

W. W. Williamson, Grand Scribe E. 

The Sixty-Fifth Annual Convocation held in the City oi 
Montreal on March 25, 1942. 

Grand Chapter was opened in ample form bv M. Ex. Comp. 

The G.Z. delivered his valedictory address, which, while 
not lengthy, was sufficiently comprehensive to fully cover the 
activities of the year. His opening remarks were pregnant 
with timely references to present-day conditions and leaves 
the reader with many worth-while thoughts. We quote a few 
lines which expresses the sentiments of Canadians every- 
where : — 

"Thinking of the privileges that have been ours for so long, as men 
of a Free Dominion, I would like to remind myself, and you too, of 
the responsibilities we have assumed by accepting the benefits conferred 
on us by that way of life that has been fundamental in the British 
Commonwealth of Nations. Despite the fact that war clouds, and the 
sound of plane and gun, cover practically the whole world, we are still 
living under a Freedom and a Liberty of thought, speech and action, 
and right of assembly, that we are really scarcely able to fully real- 
ize. It is only as we learn of the hardships, the slavery and degradation, 
to say nothing of the unbridled assassinations and attempts at extermina- 
tion now being experienced by the inhabitants of the occupied coun- 
tries, that we begin to approximate how much we have of this Freedom 
to lose, and how quickly it can be lost. 

"May we each think through to the Faith the poet meant when 
he said: — 

"Though it be night and hardships block our way 
Though want, discouragement and famine fill the day 


We'll save our souls, we'll not surrender life, 
We'll keep our Faith and win out in the strife." 

M. Ex. Comp. Pratt informed Grand Chapter that in his 
opinion, Royal Arch Masonry in Quebec, while not spectacular, 
has nevertheless, been holding- its own. 

Among his visitations we note a very friendly reference 
to his visit to our London Convocation. May we interject the 
comment that no Convocation of our Grand Chapter would 
be complete without our friends from Quebec. 

Dispensations, rulings and appointments were few in num- 
ber. Comp. Pratt concludes a very impressive address with 
these words, which merit our silent applause and approval: — 

"May the Most High continue to preserve our Order for the great 
days that yet can be, and save our Gracious King to enjoy his reign 
in the days of peace, and may his guidance be ours in the deliberations 
of this day." 

From the able report of that most efficient Grand Scribe 
E. — Walter W. Williamson — we learn that despite the unusual 
conditions prevailing, Quebec records only a slight loss in mem- 
bership, indeed we think it quite insignificant when compared 
with the recorded losses elsewhere. 

The Grand Treasurer's report indicates a balanced budget 
and finances in excellent condition. 

The Reports of the Grand Superintendents are splendidly 
written and give a vivid pen-picture of conditions through- 
out the Jurisdictions. The report of the Grand Superintendent 
of St. Francis District is most interesting and we are con- 
strained to quote a line or two which carry a thought which 
we should not soon forget: — 

"It may seem to some that in this unhappy time of what our 
enemies call by the name of "total war," but which in truth is simply 
a recrudescence of pure savagery armed with the weapons of civilization, 
that to carry on with the routine of Masonic administration is trivial 
and senseless. But this is a superficial view. It is the little things 
which unite individuals in the bonds of affection and love, that are 
really the greatest things in life. And certain it is, at least, that the 
right of free association is one of the things for which we are fighting.' 1 

Among the guests we note the name of our late Grand Z. — 
M. Ex. Comp. John M. Empey, who with Edwin Smith, our 
Grand Scribe E., received a warm fraternal welcome. Though 
suffering from a serious illness, Comp. Empey endeavoured to 
carry on his Masonic duties, and strict attention to these 
duties no doubt hastened his untimely death. 


Grand Representatives of Sister Jurisdictions were re- 
ceived, greeted and given a fraternal message of good-will to 
be conveyed by them to their respective Grand Chapters. 

M. Ex. Camp. W. J. Edwards presents the annual review 
on Fraternal Correspondence, and as it is to be expected from 
such a talented writer, is able, interesting and informative. 

His "Foreword" dealing with the disturbed conditions 
throughout the civilized world, is written in a thoughtful vein 
and concludes with this homily which strongly appeals: — 

"For many of us Masonry has added much of value to our lives, 
more in fact than we can hope to repay. How important, therefore, 
that we should be active and give our very best efforts to promote its 

"He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat; 
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat; 
Oh, be swift my soul, to answer him. 

Be Jubilant, my feet. 
For our God is marching on." 

Turning first to his review of our Grand Jurisdiction, we 
find that he has accorded generous space to a covering of our 
1941 London Convocation. A liberal reference is made to M. 
Ex. Camp. Stephens , address, to our financial affairs, the Grand 
Scribe E.'s report, in fact, nothing of moment appears to 
have been omitted from this very comprehensive review. We 
should be derelict in our duty were we to fail to mention his 
all-too-flattering reference to our last review. Need we say 
that we appreciate to the full, Comp. Edwards' comments, 
which take on added value when one considers that these 
words of commendation come from one who is himself a tal- 
ented, experienced and able correspondent. 

Charles Pullen was elected and duly installed as Grand Z., 
M. Ex. Comp. Duncan McLellan acting as Installing Officer. 

Our jurisdiction is given capable representation in Quebec 
by M. Ex. Comp, D. McLellan, while this correspondent is 
privileged to act as Quebec's representative near our Grand 


R. N. F. Quinn, First Grand Principal. 

S. W. Coulter, Grand Scribe E. 

Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter and Grand Lodge of 
Mark Master Masons. 

Regular Convocation held in Brisbane, April 2, 1940, the 
First Grand Principal presiding. 


Many Grand Representatives were present to answer the 
roll call, among- these we note with pleasure being- Canada's 
ever-faithful J. Shirra Sr. 

The Grand Committee presented its report which contained 
routine business and matters of purely local interest We note 
that in Queensland the certificates of a deceased Companion 
are returned to Grand Chapter and destroyed. This is some- 
thing that is seldom if ever, done in Canada. 

M. Ex. Comp. Quinn delivered an eloquent and most timely 
address, the concluding lines of which we quote: — 

"We do not seek to dominate, against its will, the world or any 
section of it, but to unite all in the effort to make Truth, Justice, and 
Freedom supreme, this being the only way of life for us, based on a 
certain, sure, moral integrity. Our great heritage must be actively 
preserved; this is no time for apathy or indifference; otherwise as 
surely as day follows the night, we shall find our heritage of Freedom 
torn away and cast into the pit of Tyranny and Oppression." 

At the close of this address, the Grand Chaplain led in a 
most impressive devotional service of prayer, scriptural read- 
ing and the singing- of "0 God Our Help in Ages Past."." 

The annual Convocation was held October 1, 1941, Supreme 
Grand Chapter being opened in ample form and with solemn 

As an expression of loyalty to His Majesty The King, the 
members rose and remained standing for a few moments in 
prayerful meditation. 

The First Grand Principal's address couched in beautiful 
language, dealt with present day conditions and its effect upon 
the future. He brings to a close a sterling address with this 
thought which will appeal and apply to free men the world 

"With centuries of history plainly recorded for our guidance, with 
all its sins of omission and commission, have we learned the lesson? 
We are a free people because our forefathers fought and died for it. 
Freedom stands only as long as freemen sustain it, and prepared to 
defend it, against the forces of intolerance and oppression. In faith 
and Hope I see yonder the gleam of the rising sun of better days, 
which is the goal we desire to attain; undaunted, unafraid, and with 
the unconquerable spirit of our forefathers, the battle shall be won." 

Past Grand Rank was conferred upon a number of Com- 
panions for services well rendered. The Grand Committee's 
report was lengthy and dealt with Chapter By-laws, the grant- 
ing of a charter for a new Chapter, visitations and other 


business of a like character. We note with interest a resolu- 
tion forbidding- Chapters from receiving applications from 
brethren from enemy countries, unless the applicant first be- 
comes a naturalized Australian citizen. 

Upon the recommendation of our Grand Z., the Supreme 
Grand Chapter ratified the appointment of Neil A. MacEachern 
as the Grand Representative of Queensland, near the G.C. of 

This being" the annual Convocation, officers were elected for 
the ensuing year. M. Ex. Comp. Quinn was re-elected and 
duly installed as First Grand Principal, while R. Ex. Comp. T. 
Levingston was re-appointed Deputy First Grand Principal. 

Supreme Grand Chapter closed with an Intercessory Prayer 
and the singing of that ancient hymn — "The Old Hundred." 

J. Shirra Sr. represents Canada in Queensland and Neil 
A. MacEachern represents Queensland near our Grand Chapter. 


Clarence H. Cady, Grand High Priest. 

Wilbur A. Scott, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Forty-fourth Annual Convocation 
was held in Providence, March 11, 1941. 

Grand Chapter was opened in ample form by M. Ex- Comp. 
Cady, with prayers at the Altar by the Grand Chaplain. 

Many distinguished guests were present to partake of 
Rhode Island's hospitality, among these being leaders of Grand 
Council, the Scottish Rite and representatives from the Grand 
Chapters of Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts. 

The Grand High Priest, in a thoughtfully prepared address, 
gave an interesting account of his year's stewardship. He 
refers to his many official acts, and in enthusiastic terms, com- 
ments on his fraternal visits illustrating his remarks with this 
poetic homily: — 

"You will not be poorer if you smile along your way; 
Your lot will not be harder for the kindly thing® you say; 
Don't imagine you are wasting time on others that you spend, 
For you can rise to wealth and glory and still pause to be a friend." 

He concludes with words of commendation for all who 
assisted during the year and leaves his Companions with this 
characteristic poem of Edgar Guest's: — 

"When my hair is thin and silvered, an' my time of toil is through, 
When I've many years behind me, an' ahead of me a few, 


An' recall the roads I've travelled an' the many things I've done. 
I shall want to sit, I reckon, sort of dreamin' in the sun, 
An' I hope there'll be no picture that I'll hate to look upon 
When the time to paint it better or to wipe it out is gone. 

The Grand Secretary's report conveys the now all too- 
common comment regarding a shrinkage in membership; he 
cheers us up, however, with the terse statement that the loss 
for this year is greatly decreased from the proceeding year. 

The Grand Treasurer's report is somewhat more comfort- 
ing, a balanced budget, an increase in receipts over disburse- 
ments, and some $23,000.00 in solid investments that are 
yearly increasing in valuation. 

Beautifully worded memorials to the memory of M. Ex. 
Comps. A. H. Armington, G. W. Clark and Dr. Cleaves ap- 
pear in the proceedings, closing with a few lines from our 
favourite hymn: — 

"O Light that followeth all the way, 
I yield my flickering torch to Thee. 
My heart restores its borrowed ray 
That in Thy Sunshine's blaze, its day 
May brighter, fairer be." 

The report on Foreign Correspondence is brief in the 
extreme and merely indicates that proceedings of other Juris- 
dictions have been reviewed and nothing of unusual impor- 
tance was found . We are constrained to say that our experi- 
ence has been much in reverse as we find with few exceptions, 
that the proceedings reviewed are veritable storehouses of 
material both interesting and instructive- 
Following the elections, Walter I. Cook was regularly in- 
stalled as Grand High Priest, while Companion Cady was pre- 
sented with regalia suitable to his rank. 

Norris G. Abbott represents Canada in Rhode Island, while 
E. H. Brennan is the worthy representative of Rhode Island 
near the Grand Chapter. 


A. E. Miscampbell, Grand Z. 

F. B. Reilly, Grand Scribe E. 

The Eighteenth Annual Convocation was held in Saska- 
toon on May 28, 1941. 

Grand Chapter was opened in ample form after which the 
Grand High Priest of North Dakota and M. Ex. Comp. Dr. 
W. H. Scott of the sister Province of Alberta were introduced 


and received with fitting honours. A Civic welcome to Grand 
Chapter was extended by the Deputy Mayor of Saskatoon. 

Nineteen Grand Representatives were received and asked 
by the G.Z. to convey fraternal greetings to their respective 
jurisdictions. Our representative, unfortunately, was not 
among those present. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp Miscampbell, while somewhat 
abbreviated, was sufficiently complete to cover the activities 
of the year. Commencing with a very warm greeting to all 
present, the Grand Z. referred in sympathetic terms to the 
death of many Companions with special reference to the great 
loss sustained through the passing of M. Ex. Comp. Dr. A. S. 
Gorrell, P.G.Z.. We share this loss with Saskatchewan. Dr. 
Gorrell was G.Z. of the Grand Chapter of Canada in 1917 and 

Comp. Miscampbell paid tribute to the people of Britain for 
the courage and fortitude displayed in this time of testing 
and trial. He referred to Britain as the real home of our 
Order and spoke in glowing terms of our brethren and com- 
panions who are in the armed Forces of the Empire. 

Visitations, District Meetings and attendance at the Annual 
Convocations of other Jurisdictions are all recorded and clearly 
indicate that the G.Z. was most active in the performance of 
his duties. Under the caption "Remarks' ' he reminds Grand 
Chapter that in the larger centres, Chapters are making sat- 
isfactory progress. In the smaller towns, however, conditions 
are somewhat different; he attributes this to lack of pro- 
ficiency on the part of the Chapter Officers and earnestly 
urges the officers of all Chapters to strive to attain that de- 
gree of proficiency necessary for a proper rendition of our 
ritualistic work. 

Among his recommendations for Grand Representative 
appointments, we note with interest that Francis B. Reilly 
replaces the late M. Ex. Comp. A. S. Gorrell as the Grand 
Representative of Canada. May we say that we are delighted 
to have as our representative, one so interested, active, and 
efficient as Comp. Reilly whose work as G.S.E. is well known 
to every correspondent. Companion Miscampbell concludes a 
really fine address with this poetic thought: — 

"God Grant each and all of you, as years come on apace, 

In all the world's activities you have an honoured place, 

That in the varied walks of life, you may be staunch and true, 

And do to others as you would they should do to you. 

That you may of your bounty give to those who are in need, 

And lift the pall from troubled hearts by noble act and deed." 


Saskatchewan, through the C.S.E.'s report, records a slight 
loss in membership, although this is a decided improvement 
over last year. The fiscal affairs are in the capable hands of 
F. C. Wilson, Grand Treasurer and having regard for present 
day conditions, appear to be in a fairly satisfactory state. 

The reports of the five Grand Superintendents are well 
written and furnish the reader with an intimate knowledge 
of general conditions. This information is amplified by a 
splendid report by the Committee on the Condition of Capitu- 
lar Masonry. 

While there is no review of other jurisdictions, a Com- 
mittee headed by M. Ex. Comp. F. B. Reilly presented a brief 
report on foreign correspondence. 

M. Ex. Comp. Jackson installed the newly elected officers. 
W. L. Clink assumes the chair of Grand First Principal, while 
Comp. Reilly continues the onorous duties of Grand Scribe E. 

As already mentioned, F. B. Reilly represents this Grand 
Chapter in Saskatchewan ; Saskatchewan's representative near 
our Grand Chapter, Edward Hitchcock, having laid aside his 
earthly working tools and entered into rest, is replaced 
by one of our most active members, C. Alex. Sollitt, of 


H. M. Hucks, Grand High Priest. 

O. Frank Hart, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Thirtieth Annual Convocation held 
in Columbia, South Carolina, on April 15, 1942. 

Grand Chapter having been duly opened, six Past Grand 
High Priests and twenty-five Grand Representatives were re- 
ceived and welcomed. With regret we note the absence of 
Canada's representative. 

M. Ex. Comp. Hucks delivered his annual address which 
was short, pithy, and in our humble opinion, extremely well- 
written. After a word of welcome to the delegates, he com- 
mences with a carefully thought-out commentary on World 
Conditions of which we quote a few lines : — 

"We have been suddenly plunged from a state of peace and tran- 
quility into a state of war and suffering by a treacherous, unscrupulous 
and dishonourable nation, in conjunction with the Axis Powers. Thank 
God, however, though it may take time to do it, I feel confident that 
we will come out triumphant, and that Masonry and religious freedom 
will flourish once more in those lands at present under the domination 
of these unscrupulous tyrants." 


Like a fleeting glimpse of the sun through a cloudy sky, 
comes the words of M. Ex. Comp. Hucks, when he states that 
Royal Arch Masonry is holding its own and South Carolina 
steps forth from the shadows of shrinking membership to 
announce an increase which is the more noteworthy in view 
of the inroads of death, demits and suspensions. May we 
offer our silent but sincere applause- 

Visitations, dispensations and recommendations all find a 
place in the address, among the latter we note a suggestion to 
incorporate in the opening ceremonies, the presentation of the 
Flag, the pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National 
Anthem. All of which, in this scribe's opinion, is worthy 
of serious consideration. 

The Grand High Priest concludes his address with an ex- 
pression of appreciation to all who assisted during the year. 

The Grand Treasurer's statement indicates that finances 
are in a healthy state particularly the assets which amount to 

Among the distingushed visitors were the Grand Master 
of Grand Council, the Grand Commander and M. Wor. Bro. 
J. B. Hyde, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of South Caro- 
lina. Delegations were also present from Tennessee and North 
Carolina, all of whom were received with full Masonic honours. 

The report of the Committee on Necrology pays eloquent 
tribute to the departed, ending with this beautiful thought by 
Robert W. Service: — 

"Life's like a cage; we beat the bars, 

We bruise our breasts, we struggle vainly; 
Up to the glory of the stars 

We strain with flutterings ungainly. 
And then — God opens wide the door; 

Our wondrous wings are arched for flying; 
We poise, we part, we sing, we soar . . . 

Light, freedom, love , . . Fools call it— Dying." 

The Committee on Fraternal Relations under the Chair- 
manship of Henry Collins reports that peace and harmony pre- 
vail throughout the Capitular world and states that the ties 
that bind us into one common brotherhood were never so 
strong as now. 

Among the fraternal reviews, Canada enjoys almost a page 
of quote and comment. A generous quotation from our G.Z.'s 
address features the review which closes with the comment 
that South Carolina does not appear in our last review. May 
we plead as our excuse that your proceedings for some reason 


or other failed to reach us in time for inclusion. 

Following- the election of Officers, J. C. Pate was elected 
and installed as G.H.P. 

The Order of Hight Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

South Carolina is represented near our Grand Chapter by 
James B. Little, while Wm. W. Wannamaker is Canada's rep- 
resentative in South Carolina. 


Clarence E. Buehler, Grand High Priest. 

W. D. Swain, Grand Secretary. 

The Fifty-second Annual Convocation was held in Cham- 
berlain on October 21, 1941. 

M. Ex. Camp. Buehler opened Grand Chapter in full form 
after which the United States Colours were presented and 
placed in the East, while the Companions, standing, recited 
the oath of allegiance. 

As is usual in South Dakota, many visitors were pres- 
ent, among these being delegations from Iowa and North 
Dakota, as well as the rulers and their escort from Grand 
Council, Royal and Select Masters and the Grand Lodge of 
South Dakota. All were fittingly introduced, welcomed and 
suitably honoured. 

Six Past Grand High Priests and Twenty-nine Grand Rep- 
resentatives answered the roll call and after a greeting by 
the G.H.P., were prominently seated in Grand Chapter. 

M. Ex. Comp. Buehler' s address is somewhat lengthy in 
view of the space allotted to comments on individual visita- 
tions. He deals in a straight-forward manner with his many 
official acts and in perusing this report, we find little upon 
which we may base a comment other than to say that it is 
complete in its many details and contains much which should 
be of local interest. 

Under the caption of "Necrology," the G.H.P. pays grace- 
ful tribute to the memory of two> Past Grand High Priests, 
M. Ex. Comp. W. J. McMakin and M. Ex. Comp. E. W. Clark. 
He quotes in full Douglas Malloch's beautiful poem — "The 
Cup Beside The Spring" — the first few lines of which we are 
constrained to quote: — 

''Leave by the road a rose, 
A goblet by the Spring, 
For every pilgrim knows 
That every path he goes 


Will other pilgrims bring — 
And some, perhaps, a rose will need, 
A cooling cup, a kindly deed." 

Dealing- with the state of the Craft, he reports on the 
result of a programme approved last year and put into effect 
this year. Briefly this consists of dividing- the state into 
groups, each in charge of a Grand Officer. M. Ex. Comp. 
Buehler states that the plan met with some success, although 
not perhaps to the extent he anticipated. 

May we interject a word to the effect that in Canadian 
Jurisdictions, the territory of Grand Chapter is divided into 
Districts, each district in charg-e of a Grand Superintendent, 
who is directly responsible to our Grand "Z." or Grand High 
Priest, as you know him in the United States. This system 
has been in vogue for years and has proven to be very suc- 
cessful. Our advice is for you to continue the treatment, it 
will prove effective in the end. 

Among" the appointments as Grand Representative, we note 
with interest that J. H. Drury has been commissioned to 
Ontario. We presume that this means to our Grand Chapter 
which is officially known as the Grand Chapter of Canada, there 
being- no Grand Chapter of Ontario to our knowledge. We 
are happy indeed to welcome Comp. Drury as our represen- 

After expressing thanks to those officers who assisted dur- 
ing the year, Comp. Buehler closes a very interesting- address 
with the oft-quoted words of St. Paul: — 

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things 
are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are of good 
report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think df 
these things." 

The Grand Secretary's report shows considerable activity 
during the year, while the Grand Treasurer's reports is rather 
comforting as to Grand Chapter's financial state. 

Under the leadership of Rev. G. G. Nusbaum, an impres- 
sive Memorial Service featured the afternoon session. In 
eloquent words, the Grand Chaplain paid tribute to the fra- 
ternal dead with special reference to the passing of a number 
of Past Grand High Priests, the closings words of which were 
as follows: — 

"Brethren let us not forget, amid the symbols of our craft, what we so 
often sadly forget, that the most (sacred shrine on earth is the soul of man, 
that the Lodge and its offices are not ends in themselves, no matter how 
old and stately, but means to an end that every soul may become 'jubil- 


ant and beholding' that as Emerson believes 'every human heart may 
be an altar of faith and hope, a cathedral and gladness'." 

No report on Fraternal Correspondence appears, although 
we note that P.G.H.P. Robert S. Hart was listed as Reviewer. 

Earl F. Harrington was elected and installed as Grand 
High Priest, while Redfield was selected as the next place of 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

J. H. Drury represents the Grand Chapter of Canada near 
South Dakota, while a Masonic veteran, William Downing 
performs a similar duty for South Dakota near our Grand 


The Marquess of Ailsa, First Grand Principal- 

R. H. F. Moncreiff, Depute First Grand Principal. 

George A. Howell, Grand Scribe E. 

Quarterly Convocation of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch 
Chapter of Scotland held in Edinburgh, September 19, 1941, 
the Depute Grand Z., R. H. F. Moncreiff, presiding. 

Grand Chapter was opened in full form, after which while 
the Companions were standing, the Presiding Officer made ref- 
erence and paid tribute to the memory of two distinguished 
Companions, Rev. T. Angus Morrison and J. A. I. Perry, both 
of whom, as Grand Superintendents, had rendered valuable 
service to the Order. 

The Finance Committee recommended that the Grand 
Scribe E-'s salary be increased by $500.00 per annum. Three 
Grand Superintendents were presented and installed into office. 
The auditor's statement was presented and approved, and other 
business occupied the attention of Grand Chapter. 

The reports of the Grand Superintendents are intensely 
interesting, especially those from the far-flung outposts such 
as Tasmania and Western Australia. All report conditions 
very encouraging, despite the stress of the times. 

Quarterly held December 5, 1941, M. Ex. Comp. Moncreiff 
reported that he had visited the First Grand Principal and 
was pleased to inform them that Lord Ailsa was recovering 
from his illness and shortly expected to return home. This 
Convocation was devoted to the usual routine business. 

Quarterly held on February 20, 1942. The Marquess of 
Ailsa opened Grand Chapter in ample form. 

The Finance and By-Laws Committees presented their 


reports. This being the meeting for the nomination of officers, 
recommendations were made to be confirmed by Election at 
the next quarterly meeting. 

Reports from the Grand Superintendents of Trinidad, 
Tobago and Central South Africa, as well as from the Scottish 
Districts of Stirling and Clackmann were received. It is amaz- 
ing to note the progress that Royal Arch Masonry is making 
in this jurisdiction. No references to indifference, shrinking 
membership, or the other ills from which the Royal Craft ap- 
pears to be suffering on the American Continent. Active, 
enthusiastic and increasing membership appears to be the key- 
note of all these reports. 

Quarterly held on March 6, 1942. After the usual busi- 
ness had been disposed of, the election of officers was held 
and Lord Ailsa was re-elected Grand Z, — while George A. 
Howell again assumes the duties of Grand Scribe E. 

Quarterly held June 19, 1942. The Marquess of Ailsa pre- 
siding. A congratulatory telegram was sent to the Supreme 
Grand Chapter of New Zealand upon their fiftieth anniversary. 

To the solemn march played by the Grand Organist the 
First Grand Principal and his officers were presented, pro- 
claimed and duly installed according to ancient custom. Once 
again we comment on the custom of Scotland in retaining the 
Grand Z in office for extended periods. There is much to be 
said in favour of this system, as a Grand Z. who is a capable 
leader and administrator can plan his work from year to year 
and, we believe, accomplish much more than the ruler of a 
Grand Chapter who is restricted to a one or two-year term, 
in which case he must carry through to full fruition the plans 
he has made within the limited time at his disposal, or leave 
it to his successor to carry on. Many of our Grand Z.'s are 
just beginning to show helpful results by the time their tenure 
of office comes to a close. Yes, we agree that the Scottish 
system should prove of great benefit to the craft. 

Following time-honoured custom, the Vernal Equinox was 
celebrated on March 20, 1942. 

Canada is represented in Scotland by a very distinguished 
craftsman, Sir John Watson, K.C., while Scotland has as its 
representative in Canada, W. H. Wardrope, K.C., an outstand- 
ing member of the Canadian Bar. 


W. P. Douglas, Grand High Priest. 

T. E. Doss, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Thirteenth Annual Convocation held 


in Nashville on January 26, 1942. 

Grand Chapter having been opened according to prescribed 
form, the G.H.P. received and welcomed ten Past Grand High 
Priests and an unusually large delegation of Grand Repre- 
sentatives. Among the many honoured guests were repre- 
sentatives from the Grand Chapters of Virginia and Georgia, 
the Grand Master of Grand Council, Grand Commander of 
Knights Templar and S. H. Cooper, Grand Master of the 
Grand Lodge of Tennessee. iNeedless to say, these outstand- 
ing leaders of our Masonic Craft were received with honours 
and a display of that true Southern hospitality that one asso- 
ciates with our Companions of Tennessee. 

The Grand High Priest delivered a forceful and impressive 
address, covering the work of the past twelve months. He 
extended a warm fraternal welcome to all present and in the 
course of his remarks, left with his audience the following: — 

"We have a responsibility as men and Masons to all the freedom- 
loving people in the universe. For hundreds of years our institution 
has stood for the uplift of humanity and the betterment of mankind, 
and all those who seek to do the opposite are primarily, fundamentally 
and necessarily our enemies. May we realize our duty and with all 
our energies of mind and body, strive to propagate and exemplify 
throughout the world the principles we love and in which we place 
our hope for the future." 

Among the G.H.P.'s official acts, we note a numlber of 
dispensations covering routine matters. We also are much 
interested in his comment anent the institution of a New 
Chapter. This is in itself an evidence of active interest in 
the Royal Arch. 

Following the usual custom of presenting a bronze plaque 
to the most active Chapter, it is interesting to learn that 
Lynn Bachman Chapter for the third consecutive year, leads 
the jurisdiction and again receives from the Grand High 
Priest, the plaque of honour. This is a unique custom and 
one which we in Canada might well emulate. 

M. Ex. Comp. Douglas enumerates his many visits, refers 
to the suspension of a Chapter which has been dormant for 
some time, and informs his Companions that he had author- 
ized a grant of $200.00 to the War Relief Fund. 

Despite the many subjects covered in his excellent address, 
the G.H.P. finds time to extend a personal wjord of appreci- 
ation to a number of his officers and concludes by informing 
Grand Chapter that during the year, he had travelled 14,000 


miles. His final words display the true spirit of Masonry. 
We quote: — 

"May the Light of His countenance shine upon you and light your 
way through the uncertain days to come." 

The Grand Treasurer's report indicates that as far as 
fiscal matters are concerned, all is well in Tennessee. 

The Grand Secretary's report gives a further evidence 
that Tennessee is in a very happy position. He announced a 
healthy increase in membership. May we be permitted to 
extend our sincere felicitations on the splendid condition of 
Royal Arch Masonry within the confines of the jurisdiction 
of Tennessee. 

A resolution was presented to provide for the remission 
of the per capita tax on any (Companion who has been a 
member for fifty years. This is contingent upon the subordi- 
nate Chapter to which the Companion belongs, cancelling his 
annual dues. We heartily approve of this action and have no 
hesitation in saying that any 'Companion who retains his 
membership for fifty years is worthy of every consideration. 

The Fraternal Review is from the gifted pen of M. Ex. 
Comp. J. J. Walker and, as to be expected from such an 
experienced writer, is not only interesting but decidedly 
illuminative , dealing as it does with the highlights of many 
Grand Jurisdictions. His foreword deals in scholarly style 
with many phases of Masonry. Optimism and confidence in 
our future is the keynote. Referring to world-wide conditions, 
he has this to say: — 

"Yes, Europe is torn and bleeding as a result of a lust for power, the 
Orient is aflame — 'even our own fair America could not escape and war 
has been declared, but Masonry came into existence because of the cry 
of a distressed people and Masonry will again show her hand in bring- 
ing peace to a ravaged, bleeding world." 

Naturally, our interests centre about his review of Can- 
ada. He devotes generous space to comment and quotation 
from our 1941 proceedings. He refers in a friendly manner, 
to our Grand Z.'s address — expresses his approval of the work 
of our Benevolent Committee, and comments upon our last 
review, quoting liberally from our "Foreword." In thanking 
Comp. Walker for his neighbourly treatment of Canada, may 
we say that it is always a pleasure — indeed a delight — to 
review the proceedings of Tennessee. 

Following the Election of Officers, F. -M. Quinn was duly 


installed as Grand High Priest. Comp. Doss continues as 
Grand Secretary and we are happy to note the re-appointment 
of Comp. Walker as reviewer. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

We are represented in Tennessee by R. K. Roney, Sr., 
while A- P. Freed of Port Arthur is Tennessee's representative 
in Canada. 


W. Roy Worley, Grand High Priest. 

Thos. M. Bartley, Grand Secretary. 

The Ninety-second Annual held in Waco on December 1, 

Grand Chapter was opened in due and ample form, the 
Grand Chaplain delivering the Invocation. 

Seventeen Past Grand High Priests and Forty-two Grand 
Representatives being in attendance, were tendered a warm 
fraternal greeting. We note with regret the absence of 
Canada's representative. 

Distinguished guests, representative of other Masonic 
bodies, were grouped about the Altar and received with full 
Masonic honours. Among these we note rulers of Royal and 
Select Masters, the Scottish Rite, Knights Templar and last, 
but most important, the M. Wor. Grand Master and his staff, 
representing the Grand Lodge of Texas. 

Twenty pages in the proceedings are required to present 
the Grand High Priest's address. This covers in detail all his 
official acts for the past year. His opening remarks include 
a welcome to all present and expresses his regret that owing 
to business obligations, he was unable to personally contact 
as many Chapters as he would have wished. He states that 
he dividecT his meetings equally between strictly Chapter 
meetings and those at which Master Masons were present. 
His addresses all emphasized the spirit of Brotherhood in all 
branches of the fraternity. 

Among the "Special Courtesies" enumerated, we note that 
he assisted the Grand Master in laying the corner stone of 
the new Masonic Temple in Dallas and he made the presenta- 
tion of the Sam. J. Helm Memorial Electric Organ to the 
Home for Aged Masons. 

He officiated at the Constitution of three new Chapters. 
This is somewhat remarkable in that in many jurisdictions 
Chapters are amalgamating in order to keep their strength 


up. Few Grand Chapters record the instituting of New Chap- 
ters. Surely Royal Arch Masonry is active and alive in Texas. 

Ruling's were few in number, as were dispensations. De- 
spite Comp. Worley's apology for his inability to attend more 
Chapters, his report indicates that he has certainly not (been 
inactive in this regard. 

Among his recommendations is one that minimum dues be 
$3.00 per year and a two-year automatic suspension be adop- 
ted following a similar action recently taken by Grand Lodge 
and which has proved decidedly beneficial. Our only comment 
is that $3.00 seems to us to be a very meagre amount for 
what the Chapters have to offer. 

He concludes a splendid address with thanks to his officers, 
with a special reference to the unflagging loyalty and support 
of the Grand Secretary and the Grand Treasurer. 

Frank Oldham as Grand Treasurer presented a report 
which clearly indicates that finances and investments are 
carefully handled and are in excellent shape. 

, Texas is entitled to take a place among the elite as it 
records a very healty increase in membership. Congratula- 
tions are in order and are humbly tendered by this Correspon- 

The report of the Directors of the Home for Aged Masons 
is an illuminative epistle. For more than thirty years, this 
home has stood as a monument to which Texas Masons point 
with pride ; associated with this Home is the Knights Templar 
hospital where the sick and ailing are given the very best 
medical and surgical care. The average age of the inmates is 
76 years and these aged people are provided with all the neces- 
sities and amusement to make the declining days of their 
lives full of happiness and contentment. 

Truly this is a marvelous undertaking and one which 
clearly indicates that the Masons of Texas are sincere in their 
Masonic beliefs. What an answer to the croaker who delights 
in asking "What is Masonry's objective" and "what justifi- 
cation have you for existence/' 

From the Report on Obituaries, we quote a line or two : — 

"If the hearts of men everywhere, irrespective of race or patriotic 
nationality, were enlightened and broadened and softened as are those 
who live under the ideals of our great Masonic Fraternity, there would 
be neither wars nor rumors of wars." 

R. Lee Joiner presents his first review and we take this 
opportunity of congratulating him on a very fine effort. He 


follows in the footsteps of that Masonic "great" the late Sam. 
J. Helm and naturally is somewhat diffident about undertak- 
ing a review that made the late Camp. Helm famous throughout 
the realm of Masonry and kept Texas well to the forefront in 
Capitular Correspondence. It is true that Comp. Helm was 
among our most favoured and best beloved reviewers but we 
predict that Comp. Joiner will ably uphold the best traditions 
of the Corps of Correspondents and will fully measure up to 
the lofty standards set by his illustrious predecessor. May we 
extend to Comp. Joiner a hearty welcome to the Round Table, 
and express the hope that he may find pleasure in extending 
his circle of friends by means of his Capitular Reviews. 

The review of Canada is full, comprehensive and complete. 
We find liberal quotations from our G.Z.'s address, a refer- 
ence to our membership, and finances, and a comment anent 
the Order of High Priesthood. May we say that this Order 
is recognized in our jurisdiction hut membership in it is not 
compulsory, nor does Grand Chapter exercise any sovereignty 
over it. Hence the reason for the meagre report which 
appears in our proceedings. 

We thank Comp. Joiner for his kind reference to our re- 
view. This iby the way is our fourth and we must take the 
opportunity of apologizing to your worthy Grand Secretary 
for an error which appears in our 1941 Review. For want of 
a better excuse, we shall place the responsibility on the dainty 
yet dignified shoulders of our overworked stenographer. We 
find on looking up our 1942 review, that our error of 1941 
was not repeated. 

W. J. Chesney was elected and installed as Grand High 
Priest, while Thos. M. Bartley continues as Grand Secretary. 
We note with approval that Grand Chapter recognizes the 
sterling worth of the Grand Secretary by conferring upon him 
the rank of Past Grand High Priest. 

T. H. Morrow is Canada's representative in Texas, while 
W. E. Gowling performs a similar duty for Texas near our 
Grand Chapter. 


E. H. Bingham, Grand High Priest. 

Bert. Atwater, Grand Secretary. 

The Thirtieth Annual Convocation held in Salt Lake City, 
on June 11, 1941. 

Grand Chapter opened in full form; M. Ex. Comp. J. E. 
Carver offered the Invocation, after which the Companions 


renewed their pledge of loyalty to the Flag of the United 
States. Ten Past Grand High Priests were in attendance. 

From an address of welcome from the High Priest of Utah 
Chapter, the following is timely: — 

"Companions, let us all remember that within our own (borders there 
are organizations which teach that there is no God and come to our 
shores to destroy our way of life and government. The 'Stars and Stripes 
constitutes the only flag in America. I call your attention to both Nazism 
and Facism. Both have dealt misery and suffering to those who do 
not agree with their ideas." 

Twenty-six Jurisdictions were represented by their Grand 
Representatives. These Companions were cordially received 
and requested to convey to their respective jurisdictions a 
message of good-will. 

Among the honoured guests we note representatives from 
the Knights Templar, the Scottish Rite, the Mystic Shrine, 
General Grand Chapter, Grand Council and last, but certainly 
not least, M. Wor. Bro. T. J. Nelson, Grand Master of the 
Grand Lodge of Utah. All were welcomed and conducted to 
seats in the Grand East. 

Grand High Priest Bingham delivered his annual address 
which proved to be a carefully prepared report on his year's 
administration. Commencing with an impressive memorial 
to the fraternal dead, the G.H.P. covers fully his many visi- 

No decisions were sought by constituent Chapters during 
the Year. 

Under Condition of the Rite, Comp. Bingham illustrates 
his impressions by referring to the splendid condition of sev- 
eral Chapters and suggests that he 1 finds nothing wrong with 
the condition of the Rite that cannot be remedied by a reason- 
able application of that fervency and zeal which should actu- 
ate all Royal Arch Masons. 

He concludes an admirable address with this thought : — 

"More than nineteen hundred years ago, this old world received a 
New Deal; a new conception of man's relationship to his Creator came 
into being, but of even greater influence in the lives of men was a 
vastly changed conception of man's relationship to man, a new dis- 
pensation of gentleness cast out the old idea of an eye for an eye and a 
tooth for a tooth and the Brince of Peace wrought mightily in the 
hearts of men so that man's inhumanity to man commenced to wane 
and for centuries peace and progress were the watchwords that con- 
quered fear and ignorance." 

The Grand Treasurer reports disbursements in excess of 


receipts which is a rather unusual condition in these days 
when most Grand Chapter's report finances in fairly comfort- 
able shape, despite loss of membership. Utah, in common with 
the great majority, records a small loss in membership. 

The report on Necrology presents an eloquent tribute to 
those who have "passed beyond the Veils" and concludes with 
this beautiful poetic thought: — 

The best friend is horizon, too, 

Lifting unseen things into view, 

And widening every petty claim 

Till lost in some suiblimer aim. 

Blending all barriers in the great 

Infirmities that round us wait. 

Friendship is an eternity 

Where soul with soul walks, heavenly free." 

Bert At water presented the Report on Fraternal Corres- 
pondence. Canada is briefly reviewed with reference to our 
Opening Ceremonies, the Grand Z.'s address, and to our last 

Henry David Porter having been duly elected, was in- 
stalled as Grand High Priest. Bert Atwater, of course, con- 
tinues in the post he fills so capably as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

V. M. Hare is privileged to represent Utah in Canada, while 
our representative in Utah is John C. Brown. 

UTAH— 1942 

H. D. Porter, Grand High Priest. 

Bert Atwater, Grand Secretary. 

The Thirty-first Annual Convocation was held in Salt Lake 
City on June 10, 1942. Owing to the absence of M. Ex. Comp. 
Porter, Glen C. Ray assumed the position of Grand High 
Priest and opened Grand Chapter in full form. The pledge 
of allegiance having been renewed, distinguished visitors were 
ushered in and received a truly Masonic welcome. These visits 
ors represented the various bodies of Masonry including the 
Grand Lodge of Utah. 

Eighteen Grand Representatives answered the roll call and 
were formally greeted. 

The address of the Acting Grand High Priest is character- 
ized by brevity. In his introductory remarks, he referred to 
M. Ex. Comp. Porter having been transferred from the jur- 


isdiction which resulted in the duties of the office falling to 
his lot. 

Visitations are fully covered in the address, which con- 
cludes with a few well-chosen words expressive of the Acting 
Grand High Priest's appreciation of the privilege of filling 
Comp. Porter's position for the past several months. 

The Grand Treasurer and Grand Secretary's reports show 
little change in the fiscal position of Grand Chapter and an- 
other small loss in membership. 

M. Ex. Comp. Carver presented another beautiful report 
on Necrology in which he quotes these lines: — 

"So let the way wind up the hill or down, 
O'er rough or smooth, the journey will be won 
Still seeking what we sought when we begun. 
New friendship, high adventure and a crown. 
Our hearts will keep the courage of the quest, 
And hope the roads last turn will be the best." 

The Fraternal Correspondence is covered in the 1941 pro- 
ceedings, both 1941 and 1942 are combined in the one publi- 

Following the Election of Officers, Glen C. Ray was installed 
as Grand High Priest and Ogden was selected as the next 
place of meeting. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened following the close 
of Grand Chapter. Canada's representative in Utah is John 
C. Brown, Utah's representative in Canada is V. M. Hare. 


Walter F. Chapman, Acting Grand High Priest. 

A. H. Grout, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Annual Convocation 
held in the City of Burlington on June 9, 1942 

R. Ex. Comp. Chapman opened Grand Chapter and received 
twenty-eight Representatives of Sister Jurisdictions. We note 
with satisfaction that Canada's worthy representative was 
among those who answered the roll-call. 

Distinguished guests hailed from Quebec, New York, Con- 
necticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Massa- 
chusetts. Also received and warmly greeted were the rulers 
of the following branches of our Ancient Craft: The Scottish 
Rite, the Knights Templar and M. Wor. Bro. P. C- Voter, Grand 
Master of the Grand Lodge of Vermont. 

After a fitting reference to the death of M. Ex. Comp. C. L. 


Haight, the Acting: Grand High Priest read the Annual address 
of Comp. Haight which had no doubt been prepared prior to 
the illness which resulted in his demise. 

Under Necrology, the G.H.P. quotes an old favourite which 
we reproduce: — 

"Some ships sail East, and others West, 
While the selfsame breezes blow; 
'Tis the set of the sail, and not the gale, 
That bids them where to go. 
As the winds of the sea, are the ways of men 
As we slowly pass through life, 
'Tis the set of the soul, decides the goal 
And not the storms and strife." 

Visitations are fully covered, as are his decisions and dis- 
pensations. Among his nominations for Grand Representative, 
we note the name of Harry B. Springs tead of Bradford, who 
now becomes Canada's representative, in the place of A. S. 
Haven. May we take the opportunity of extending greetings 
to Comp. Springstead and assure him that we have every con- 
fidence that our interests in Vermont will be amply protected. 

Under Finances, the Grand High Priest sounds a timely 
note of warning and while he makes no definite recommenda- 
tion, he seems to feel that the heavy expense incurred through 
membership in General Grand Chapter should have careful 
consideration, as in his words, "the money could be used at 
home to better advantage." While we in Canada, have of 
course, no connection with the General Grand Chapter of the 
United States, we have always felt that it was performing a 
useful function in binding more closely together, the Royal 
Arch Masons of the various Grand Chapters of the United 
States. This is purely an outsider's opinion of a domestic 
condition of which he has but little knowledge other than that 
conveyed to him through the medium of the reviews of other 

Under "Observations," Comp. Haight has many worth- 
while suggestions with reference to the conduct of subordi- 
nate Chapters. Among other remarks he has this to say: — 

"I am more and more convinced, as the days go by and new condi- 
tions arise around us, that all of our Masonic Bodies are neglecting to 
adjust themselves to the changing social conditions. I urge on our 
Chapters the necessity of carrying out some social programme, that will 
amount to legitimate publicity." 

Also, this thought is worthy of repetition: — 

"Chapter Masonry is not failing! We are at fault if there is any 


fault. Indolence, indifference and a willingness to let the 'other fellow' 
bear the burden, is all that is wrong. You have paid for the privilege 
of becoming a Royal Arch Mason and the way to derive benefit from 
your Chapter membership is by attending its Convocations and taking 
part in its activities." 

He also presents the following resolution which is one to 
which we should all subscribe: — 

"Be It Resolved, that the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of 
Vermont, denounces Communism, Nazism and Facism as unchristian ond 
unmasonic and calls upon Masons through the State to combat, by 
all lawful means, all such subversive 'isms/ under any name or designa- 
tion, wherever and however they manifest themselves." 

This prime address concludes with these words which may 
be accepted as Comp. Haight's unconscious valedictory: — 

"Through the medium of our written chronicles, we can turn back 
the pages of time and review the events of yesteryear as they apply to 
our lives — a lasting record of our activities, our experiences and our 
viewpoints — a living memoir of things attempted and things done — a 
vivid story that is ever new and ever refreshing to us in hours of 

The Grand Secretary records a slight loss in membership. 
Finances appear to be in good shape with sound investments. 

From the report on the "Doings of Grand Officers," we 
quote a few lines which may be accepted as a Memorial to the 
memory of Charles L. Haight, who died while in office as 
Grand High Priest, and whose address was practically com- 
pleted at the time of his death. The Committee state that 
this is the first time that they have posthumously reviewed a 
Grand High Priest's address. 

We quote the following: — 

"He had served faithfully for many years and this Grand Body 
suffers in the loss of one whose counsel would have been of inestimable 
value, but let us feel that he is: — 

"Not dead but only promoted 
He has entered the order above, 
And there 'neath the Smiles of the Master 
He will finish his labour of love." 

The reports of the six District Deputy Grand High Priests 
are well-written and indicate that despite war-time conditions, 
that Royal Arch Masonry in Vermont continues along well- 
defined lines marked by interest and enthusiasm. 

No report on Fraternal Correspondence appears in the pro- 
ceedings, although we note among the standing Committee, a 
Committee on Correspondence. 


Walter F. Chapman was duly elected and installed as Grand 
Hig-h Priest, Comp. Grout was re-elected Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood followed at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

Charles N. Sheppard represents Vermont in Canada, while, 
as previously stated, Harry B. Springstead is our representa- 
tive in Vermont. 


F. J. Thomas, Grand Z. 

H. 0. Thomas, Grand Scribe E. 

Quarterly Convocation of the Supreme Grand Chapter of 
Victoria was held in Melbourne on July 16, 1941. 

After singing the National Anthem, Grand Chapter was 
declared open in ample, ancient and and solemn Form, M. Ex. 
Comp. Thomas presiding. 

Like a ray of sunshine penetrating a cloudy sky, comes the 
words of the G.Z. In his opening remarks, he has this to 
say: — 

"I am pleased to record the fact that Royal Arch Freemasonry is 
steadily gaining in new members. Despite the inherent difficulties by 
which we are all encircled, we feel there is a sense of greater desire 
for companionship in our institution, and an enlargement of esteem 
and affection from each to all." 

With Victoria well within the Pacific War Zone, it is very 
assuring to learn that despite these war conditions, Royal Arch 
Masonry in this jurisdiction continues to thrive. Many Ameri- 
can and Canadian Grand Chapters present an entirely different 

The Committee of General Purposes presented their Quar- 
terly report, dealing with the administration of the affairs of 
Grand Chapter. 

Ex. Comp. C. H. Book, K.C., delivered an address on "THE 
NEEDS OF TODAY" which closed with the beautiful benedic- 
tion "GOD'S PROMISE" which we quote: 

God hath not promised skies ever blue, 
Flower-<strewn pathways, always, for you, 
God hath not promised sun without rain, 
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain. , ' 

But He hath promised strength from above, 
Unfailing sympathy, undying love." 


Quarterly held on October 15, 1941. 

In the G.Z.'s quarterly address, this excerpt is of inter- 
est: — 

"It unfortunately must be admitted that our Empire is rocked to and 
fro as the gigantic struggle ebbs and flows, and Masonry especially, 
the world over, listens in with bated breath; in the face of the future 
hopes of existence, how little past history counts." 

Dispensations and rountine business having- been disposed 
of, R. Em. Comp. J. Danglow delivered an impressive and im- 
passive address on "THE SPIRITUAL APPEAL OF THE 
HOLY ROYAL ARCH." We quote a brief extract from this 
sterling address: — 

"Some may hold the view that, at a time such as the present when 
the fate, not only of the Empire, ibut of civilization itself is lying 
critically in the balance, it is incongruous to go on holding Masonic 
meetings and convocations, but Masons should be among the first to 
realize that the maintenance of Masonic contacts can help very con- 
siderably to strengthen that desirable and helpful form of optimism 
which is based upon implicit faith in the power of righteousness in a 
world which, as we plainly see, relentless tyranny is trying to dominate 
by brute force." 

Quarterly held January 21, 1942. 

M. Ex. Comp. Thomas, after welcoming all present, refer- 
red feeling" to the death of M. Ex. Comp. George Carter, and 
other distinguished Companions. He mentions Installation 
Ceremonies that have been carried on during the Quarter and 
leaves with us this wholesome thought which is not only ap- 
plicable in Australia, but throughout the Capitular World : — 

"We may be called upon to suffer Masonic privations, we may be 
inclined to magnify those privations in relation to ourselves, our Chap- 
ters and our usual Royal Arch activities. But Companions, now, if 
ever, must we 'hold fast to the faith that is in us/ to strive, more and 
more, to try 'to be happy and to communicate happiness to others,' 
and to do our duty to our God ,our Country and especially as Freemasons, 
to ourselves." 

The retiring Grand Z. nominated as his successor, Canon 
John Thomas Baglin, P.G.H. No other nominations being re- 
ceived, Comp. Baglin was declared unanimously elected- 

Quarterly held on April 15th, 1942, with M. Ex. Comp. 
R. P. Dick acting Grand Z. on the Throne. 

Twenty-nine Sister Jurisdictions were represented by their 
Grand Representatives. 

The Valedictory address of M. Ex. Comp. Thomas was 
read by the Acting Grand Z. owing to the unavoidable absence 


of the Grand Z., who expressed in his communication, great 
disappointment at his inability to be present on this, the last 
Convocation of his term of office. 

This being the occasion for the Installation of Officers, 
R. Ex. Comp. John T. Baglin was received with the usual 
escort. After prayer by the Grand Chaplain, Comp. Baglin 
was duly installed and invested as Grand First Principal. 

The Grand Second and Third Principals, together with the 
remainder of the list of elected officers, were also presented 
and installed according to antient custom. This Completed 
the Agenda and Grand Chapter closed in ample and solemn 

Canada is represented in Victoria by M. Ex. Comp. F. J. 
Thomas, While V. Ex. Comp. S. J. Newdick is honoured to 
represent Victoria in Canada. 


C. Vernon Eddy, Grand High Priest. 

James M. Clift, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Thirty-fourth Annual was held in 
Richmond on October 28, 1941. 

After prayer by the Grand Chaplain, the Grand High Priest 
opened Grand Chapter in solemn form. Perhaps no jurisdic- 
tion in the realm of Masonry enjoys a finer reputation for 
hospitality and goodfellowship than the Grand Chapter of 
Virginia. As evidence of this, the G.H.P. was faced by a host 
of distinguished guests hailing from all points of the compass. 
These included delegations from North Dakota, West Virginia, 
Delaware, District of Columbia, New Jersey, Tennessee, North 
Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Connecticut, New York, Mary- 
land and Pennsylvania. The General Grand High Priest of 
the U.S.A., the Grand Commander, Knights Templar, and the 
Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Virginia with his attend- 
ants were all escorted to the East, presented, and saluted 
according to ancient custom. 

In acknowledging the fraternal welcome, Grand Master 
C. D. Freeman spoke of the increased interest in the Ancient 
Craft and stated that in his home town, five Lodges had raised 
more than one hundred Master Masons, while the two Chap- 
ters have this year exalted one hundred and thirty Royal Arch 
Masons. Truly Masonry in Virginia is riding on the crest of 
the wave. May it long continue to do so. 

M. Ex. Comp. Eddy delivered an eloquent and decidely im- 
pressive address. Would that space permitted more generous 


excerpts. His welcome, which prefaced his remarks, was sin- 
cere and no doubt greatly appreciated by delegates and visit- 
ors alike. He paid respectful and fervent tribute to the mem- 
ory of the late Albert S. Buraham who was elected Grand High 
Priest in October, 1940. After serving three months in office, 
he was stricken and succumbed very suddenly in January, 
1941. Referring to Major Burnham's many sterling qualities! 
he dwelt upon the strength and character of his friendships, 
saying : — 

"Someone has said that life is a search for friends. It is what we 
are looking for, as man depends upon his friends. It is his friends that 
may be the making of him or the breaking of him, as there are different 
kinds of friends. Many a one has been ruined by ignoble friends, but a 
noble friend is one of the greatest blessings of life and has been the 
making of manhood. Such was the friendship we found in the Major. 
He was a friend to the highest and the best in manhood." 

The beautifully worded memorial ends with James Whit- 
comb Riley's immortal poem "AWAY," the last stanza of 
which we quote: — 

"The touches of his hands have strayed 
As reverently as his lips have prayed. 
Think of him still as the same, I say; 
He is not dead, he is just away." 

The Grand High Priest enumerates M. Ex. Comp. Burn- 
ham's activities up to the date of his untimely death. Having 
then assumed the office of G.H.P., Comp. Eddy covers his own 
visitations, appointments and decisions. He referred to the 
booklet issued by a Special Committee and distributed among 
symbolic Lodge Masons, and while too early to determine its 
value, he expressed confidence that judiciously used, it should 
prove helpful. This reviewer would be very interested to re- 
ceive one of these booklets and trusts that someone perusing 
this review may forward a copy, for which in advance accept 
our thanks. 

M. Ex. Comp. Eddy concludes a magnificient address with 
expressions of appreciation to the various officers, with par- 
ticular stress upon the most efficient work of the Grand 

The financial affairs of Virginia are, as to be expected, in 
a sound, healthy condition. The Grand Secretary's report 
indicates total additions to the membership roll of five hun- 
dred and four, but this is offset by heavy inroads through 
death and other causes, leaving the membership approximately 
as it was at the close of 1940. We should be remiss in our 


duty were we to omit reference to the splendid work being 
done through the medium of the Hubard Memorial Loan Fund 
and the Masonic Relief Foundations. Virginia is carrying on a 
laudable work through these agencies and furnishes us with 
a very definite demonstration of that Masonic characteristic — 

E. Fenno Heath, P.G.H.P. again presents the Capitular 
Review and as usual, it is intensely interesting. His fore- 
word characterized by an optimistic note, tabulates the high- 
lights of many jurisdictions from which we learn that in 
point of membership, Ohio is the largest Grand Chapter, fol- 
lowed by New York, while the smallest is Nevada. We like 
his reference to English Masonry, where brethren and com- 
panions are turning in their jewels to be melted down and the 
proceeds given to the Government for war purposes. He 
states that up to March, jewels to the value of 10,000 pounds 
had been so donated. Many of these jewels were priceless for 
sentimental reasons, but they have all been cheerfully given. 
May we add that up to the present time, twice the amount 
mentioned has now T reached the Committee in charge of this 

Canada is most generously reviewed. Reference is made 
to the passing of that great Mason, William Nisbet Ponton, 
K.C. The comment is "A mighty Cedar has fallen in Lebanon," 
followed by a. worthy tribute which is much appreciated by the 
late Comp. Ponton's friends and associates. 

M. Ex. Comp. Stephens is referred to as "no stranger" and 
the hope is expressed that he will again visit Virginia and 
bring Fred. Smith with him. We are sure that no one re- 
grets more than Comp. Smith, his inability to be with you 
this year, but in these days of stress and turmoil, all things 
must give place to the serious war-work in hand. 

We acknowledge Comp. Heath's friendly reception and de- 
sire to express our keen appreciation of the all too-generous 
references to this correspondent. To follow the hallowed trail 
of Col. Ponton and to present a review that meets with the 
approbation of one so experienced and talented as Comp. Heath, 
is a heavy undertaking. While perhaps our reviews lack the 
Pontonian touch, nevertheless, with his work for an inspira- 
tion, we shall endeavour to hew close to the line he so ably 
established. Thanks, Comp. Heath, I have added another link 
to my golden chain of friendships and trust we shall meet in 
the not too-distant future. 

C. Vernon Eddy was duly elected and installed as Grand 


High Priest. James M. Clift remains in office as Grand Secre- 
tary. Richmond was selected as the next place of meeting. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

Arthur L. Mattern is Canada's faithful representative in 
Virginia, while that irrepressible and very active Craftsman, 
Fred Smith of Ottawa, plays a similar role for Virginia in 


Robert B. Palmer, Grand High Priest. 

Wesley C. Stone, Grand Secretary. 

The Fifty-eight Annual held in Wenatchee, May 11, 1942. 

M. Ex. Comp. Palmer declared Grand Chapter opened in 
ample form. Sixteen Past Grand High Priests and thirty- 
seven Grand Representatives responded to the roll. 

Among the guests were leaders of the Royal Craft in Mon- 
tana, Idaho and Oregon. The Grand Commander Knights 
Templar and the Grand Master of Grand Council also were 
present and received appropriate honours. 

After an address of welcome by the Mayor of the City, M. 
Ex. Comp. Palmer delivered his Annual Address. 

After greeting all present, the Grand High Priest referred 
in a sympathetic manner to the many deaths that occurred 
during the past year, with special reference to the passing of 
the Grand Orator, Emil N. Stenberg. 

A detailed report on his many visitations follows. Among 
these are a number of social events which included not only 
Royal Arch Masons, but members of the several branches of 
the Craft 

Installations, appointments, dispensations and recommen- 
dations complete the Grand High Priest's report. 

The Grand Treasurer presents a fine report on fiscal affairs, 
the outstanding features being recipts of $9,732.00 with dis- 
bursements of but $4,946.00. 

From the Grand Secretary's report, we learn that the 
recorded loss in membership is but 44. This is just one- 
fourth of last year's loss and when deaths totalling 1S7 are 
considered, is a remarkably fine showing. 

Owing to war conditions and with a desire to conserve 
expense, Grand Chapter concluded its business in one day in- 
stead of the usual two-day session. 


Under Obituaries, a short but eloquent report on the Fra- 
ternal Dead was submitted by Comp. N. E. Moats, D.D., we 
quote a line which carries a beautiful thought: — 

"The rugged pathway has been changed into a road boardered with 
celestial beauty and the darkness of an earthly grave has given place 
to the brightness and glory of Eternal Morn." 

From the Grand Oration by Comp. S. Dailey, we quote Dr. 
Joseph F. Newton's definition of a Mason: — 

"He is a Mason when he can look out over the rivers, the hills and 
the far horizon, with a profound sense of his own insignificance, in 
the vast scheme of things, and still have faith, hope, and courage. 
When he knows that each man is as noble, as vile, as divine and as 
diabolic and as lonely as himself, and still wants to know, to love and 
understand his fellowman. When he knows how to sympathize with 
his neighbour in his sorrow, yes, even in his sins; knowing that each 
man has a hard fight against many odds. When he has learned how to 
make friends and how to keep them, and most of all when he has 
learned to keep friends with himself." 

Comp. Dailey' s dissertation on the American Way of Life 
is really worth-while and makes interesting" reading, even 
though we fail to agree with the comparisons he makes with 
other Nations. However, this address undoubtedly was in- 
tended solely for American consumption, although it might 
easily become controversial when read by others. 

Reviews of other jurisdictions are omitted from the pro- 
ceedings, although the Grand Secretary presents a brief re- 
port on Correspondence. 

Following the Election of Officers, Wm. Otto Warn was in- 
stalled as Grand High Priest. Wesley C. Stone, as to be 
expected, continues as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

Robert L. MoCroskey represents Canada in Washington 
while H. A. Miller is Washington's representative near our 
Grand Chapter. 


Frank G. Hiehle, Grand High Priest. 
G. M. Ford. Grand Secretary. 

The Seventy-first Annual Convocation was held in Wheel- 
ing, on October 13 and 14, 1941. 

Grand Chapter having been opened in ample form, dis- 


tinguished visitors from Ohio, District of Columbia, together 
with the General Grand High Priest of the United States were 
officially welcomed, M. Ex. Comp. Anderson being tendered the 
gavel, which he returned to the presiding officer after suit- 
ably acknowledging his reception. 

Twelve Past Grand High Priests and forty-eight Grand 
Representatives were received and duly honoured. 

An address of welcome tendered by Comp. McGranahan on 
behalf of Wheeling Chapter was responded to by Comp. W. C. 
Morton in fitting terms. 

We are quite impressed by the address of the Grand High 
Priest, it proves to be a splendidly written report on the 
labours of the year. Commencing with a truly Masonic greet- 
ing to the visitors and delegates, the G.H.P. pays sympathetic 
tribute to many departed companions. He refers to his ap- 
pointment of several Grand Representatives and gives a com- 
plete list of his dispensations. These deal with purely local 
matters and call for no comment from this reviewer other 
than to say that we do not favour granting permission to 
confer all the degrees on a candidate at the same Convocation- 
This remark is prompted by a dispensation which was granted 
to Huntington Chapter. It appears to us that a candidate re- 
ceiving all degrees at one time will lose much of the signifi- 
cance of the various lessons inculcated in the degrees by rea- 
son of the fact that he has no time to study or digest the 
many lectures given to him during his progress. This, of 
course, is no criticism of the Grand High Priest, merely an 
interpolation of an outsider's views. 

Under "Conditions," the Grand High Priest states that 
more activity among the Chapters is noticeable with exalta- 
tions and re-instatements being in excess of the previous year. 

Among other recommendations is one to amend the Con- 
stitution to make uniform the conditions dealing with degrees 
conferred upon a candidate living in the jurisdiction and one 
who takes his degree in West Virginia but lives in another 
Jurisdiction. The difficulty seems to be with the Council de- 
grees. This is something foreign to us in Canada as the Coun- 
cil degrees have no place in the curriculum of the Capitular 

M. Ex. Comp. Hiehle closes a really fine address with this 
timely and well-chosen thought. 

"Freedom and Justice are being seriously challenged in the world 
to day and Masons of every land must put forth their strongest efforts 
to preserve the principles for which we stand. With the doors of our 


Masonic Halls locked by the Dictators, let us not forget our brethren 
in foreign countries at this time. We pray that the time may not be 
far off when they may be liberated and be permitted to again engage 
in their labours. My prayer to the Supreme High Priest is that this 
Grand Chapter may never feel the crushing grasp of a tyrant's hand; 
but, may it ever grow stronger and increase in service to mankind till 
time shall be no more." 

It is with pardonable avidity that we turn to the report 
of the Grand Secretary. To this far-away correspondent, 
Comp. Ford's report provides an interesting high-light in West 
Virginia's proceedings. He opens with a reference to this 
being his twenty-second report and adds that he is passing the 
eighty-first milestone. Congratulations to Comp. Ford upon 
both these records. May you be spared many years in which 
to dispense light, knowledge and the spirit of brotherhood to 
your Companions in West Virginia and not forgetting the 
"foreigners" like the writer, who numbers you among his 
friends, even though that friendship must of necessity be in 

This report covers many official acts and provides inter- 
esting reading. 

There is little to be said about the finances of Grand Chap- 
ter other than to suggest that the fiscal affairs of West 
Virginia are capably managed. A slight decrease in member- 
ship is noted but when compared with recent years, we must 
assume that the Royal Arch is on the up-grade at last. 

We are constrained to quote a paragraph from the eloquent 
report of the Committee on Necrology: — 

"Ralph Waldo Emerson, America's greatest philosopher, conceived 
all life to be in the nature of a vast ocean, with its tides in constant 
ebb and flow, restless and smooth at different times, but always in 
perpetual motion. On the surface of this vast expanse, bubbles arise 
in rhythmic succession, some large, some small, but no two alike. Some 
are drab and colourless but all play their parts, whether they are in 
the midst of cargoes of ships on the mainways of ocean, or are so far 
removed that they 'hear no sound save their own dashing.' They flow 
on for awhile on old ocean's bosom, then one by one collapse and 
sink back into the great mass of boundless water. But although they 
are no longer on the surface as individuals, nevertheless! they are 
still a part of the great body of water and go on and on through the 
boundless realms of eternity." 

The Grand Secretary is a busy man in West Virginia, his 
name appears upon numerous Committees and in spite of the 
exacting duties of his office, he also finds time to write the 
report on Fraternal Correspondence. Owing to limited space, 
we make but one reference to this report and that to express 
agreement with his statement that loss of membership still 


continues in the majority of Grand Jurisdictions but there are 
several "stars that are undimmed." May we suggest that in 
perusing the proceedings, we are inclined to think that the 
number of such stars may be increased this year. Being in 
an optimistic mood, we express with great fervor that the 
day may not be too> far distant when the Capitular firmament 
may be heavily dotted with stars that scintillate and shine and 
mark the advent of a new and better era in the Royal Arch. 

William C. Morton was elected and regularly installed as 
Grand High Priest, while the one and only George M. Ford 
continues as Grand Secretary. 

The Convention of High Priesthood was called to order at 
the close of Grand Chapter. 

Wilbur H. Cramblett is our accredited representative in 
West Virginia, while Harry J. McCallum keeps a faithful 
watch over West Virginia's interests in our Jurisdiction. 


Milton G. Kaumheimer, Grand High Priest. 

William F. Weiler, Grand Secretary. 

The Ninety-second Annual held in Milwaukee, on Mav 5, 

Following an organ recital by the Grand Organist, the 
G.H.P. opened Grand Chapter in ample form, after which the 
Grand Chaplain led in prayer. 

Delegations from Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota were 
ushered in, welcomed and received with fitting honours, as 
also were representatives of Grand Council, the Grand Com- 
mandery and the Scottish Rite. 

M. Ex. Comp. Pocock, representing the General Grand High 
Priest, was officially greeted, after which the acting Grand 
Master of the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin was presented and 
received with full Masonic honours. 

Thirteen Past Grand High Priests and thirty-eight Grand 
Representatives were present and cordially greeted. 

After the cermony of presenting and saluting the Flag, 
the Grand High Priest delivered his annual address. After 
a warm welcome to all present, he spoke feelingly of the death 
of many Companions during the year and made special refer- 
ence to the passing of distinguished Masons in other Jurisdic- 
tions, concluding this section of his address with a beautiful 
thought, poetically expressed: — 

"The sun goes down in its glory, 

And darkness descends on the land; 


But dawn comes quickly to cheer us, 
For time is a swift-running 1 sand. 

Why, then, should man, in his wisdom, 

Forget, in his moments of gloom, 
That night gives birth to the morning; 

That dawn will be coming — and soon?" 

M. Ex. Coirip. Kauixiheimer announced that the Order of 
High Priesthood would be held at the close of Grand Chapter. 
We note with interest that this order is not mandatory in Wis- 
consin. The same conditions exists in Canada, where it is not 
obligatory to take this order as part of the High Priest's duty 
to Grand Chapter. 

The Grand High Priest was asked for but one decision and 
that to permit a Chapter to make a donation to the Red Cross. 
As Grand Lodge forbids such a donation, and as Grand Chap- 
ter has no law governing such matters, the laws of Grand 
Lodge therefore apply. The result, permission to make such 
a donation was declined. We trust that a comment from this 
correspondent will not be taken amiss, but surely, this is an 
extraordinary situation! In these days when Church organi- 
zations, Service Clubs and Fraternal Orders generally, are con- 
tributing to this worthy cause, it seems to us that Masonry 
should revise its Constitution to permit its Constituent Chap- 
ters and Lodges to share in this much needed effort. 

In Canada we have no such restrictions; our subordinate 
bodies are encouraged, indeed urged, to play their part in con- 
tributing to Red Cross and other humanitarian appeals. Pardon 
this somewhat lengthy interjection- 

The Grand High Priest's dispensations were few in number 
and confined to minor matters. He records sixty-one visita- 
tions during the year, but refrains from following the usual 
practice of giving a graphic description of each. He has a 
word to say about the work of the Order of De Molay which, 
in his opinion, is carrying on a useful work among the youth 
of the State. The Triple Tau Association which is similar to 
our Past Principals Association, comes in for a word of praise 
for its efforts to increase interest in Capitular Masonry. 

M. Ex. Comp. Kaumheimer has many helpful recommen- 
dations for the improvement of the work in the Chapters. 
He expresses his thanks to all who so ably assisted him dur- 
ing the year and closes with a thoughtful commentary upon 
Masonry and present day conditions. We quote a line or 
two: — 


"This is the most vivid, the most significant moment in the long 
history of mankind. It is good to live at a time like this. As good 
citizens and as true Masons, we shall play our part — gladly, willingly 
and nobly. May each of us so do his part that the victory which 
shall be ours may soon be achieved. 

An inspiring address, and one which every Mason should 
have the privilege of reading. 

A resolution to permit dual membership under certain con- 
ditions was carried and referred to the Committee on Juris- 
prudence. We note that this committee makes no reference to 
this resolution in their report. 

As is to be expected in such a large jurisdiction, finances 
appear sound and capably managed. Membership loss was the 
smallest in twelve years. 

From a report of a Special Committee on Life Membership, 
we note that Wisconsin too, is in the throes of combating this 
most difficult matter, which is the bugbear of both Craft and 
Royal Arch Masonry in a great majority of our jurisdictions. 
This is a matter that calls for fearless legislation, but where 
to commence and how to proceed seems to be the barrier 
we all face. 

The Grand Secretary, William F. W T eiler presents the report 
on Correspondence- He commences an eloquent foreword with 
this text from St. John, 14:35: — 

"A n©w commandment I give unto you, 
That ye love one another; 
As I have loved you, that ye also 
Love one another." 

We quote a few sentences taken at random from this mag- 
nificient report of Comp. Weiler: — 

"What a strange contrast in the world today with men flying at each 
other's throats in deadly combat, resulting in casualties reaching into 
many, many thousands and destruction of property running into billions 
of dollars. Would that men might be actuated by this great motive 
power, this Divine Power, Love — love for our fellow men. 

"Our foreword this year might be eliminated, as this report is but 
a continuation of last year's report going on where we left off. We 
find our Brother Masons and Companions more war-conscious and war- 
minded perhaps than a year ago." 

We disagree with Comp. Weiler that his foreword might 
have been eliminated. We consider it the high-light of Wis- 
consin's proceedings. The closing words are also worthy of 
note : — 

"We hope that perhaps another year will bring about better things 
for our whole civilization, holding fast to those three great duties 


which, as Masons, we are charged to inculcate — God, our neighbour and 

The reviews give generous space to a number of jurisdic- 
tions, including our Sister Province of Quebec, but Canada, 
alas, is among the missing. We wonder if we unwittingly are 
responsible for the omission. While we naturally are disap- 
pointed in not finding our jurisdiction among the favoured few, 
we forgive COmp. Weiler, as his foreword amply compensates 
for his failure to give Canada a seat in the sun. 

Don. W. Weaver was elected and installed as Grand High 
Priest. Wm. F. Weiler continues as Grand Secretary. 

Elmer S. Owens represents Canada in Wisconsin, while 
William J. Wadsworth plays a like role in Canada for 


Homer E. Zorn, Grand High Priest. 

Richard H. Repath, Grand Secretary. 

The Thirty-fourth Annual Convocation held in Evanston 
on July 14, 1942. 

The Grand High Priest declared Grand Chapter open and 
called upon the Acting Grand Chaplain to lead in the devotional 
exercises. Nine Past Grand High Priests graced the East by 
their presence. 

Twenty-Four Grand Representatives answered the roll call, 
among these we note with pleasure Canada's representative. 

After an address of welcome from the High Priest of 
Evanston Chapter, and a suitable acknowledgment by the 
Deputy Grand High Priest, M. Ex. Conip. Zorn delivered his 
annual address. Not too lengthy, but sufficiently comprehen- 
sive to fully cover the year's work, this address commences 
with a few words of welcome and an expression of regret that 
due to war conditions, many distinguished guests who might 
otherwise have been present, were unable to join with them at 
this Convocation. From his references to the chaotic condi- 
tions obtaining due to the war, we quote a line or two: — 

"Our country today is struggling to overthrow the greatest peril 
that has ever threatened her. She needs the help and support of every 
citizen and I know every member of our Order in this nation is giving 
wholeheartedly of his strength and already some of our members have 
made the supreme sacrifice. May the God of our Fathers be with them." 

Among his official acts, we note that a commission has 
been issued confirming Frederick W. Dean as Wyoming's Grand 


Representative in Canada, replacing Comp. Howard Mead who 
recently resigned- We commend Comp. Dean to Wyoming and 
assure the Grand High Priest that no mistake has been made 
in the selection of a representative. 

No decisions, rulings or dispensations were asked for or 
considered during the year. 

The Grand High Priest visited a number of Constituent 
Chapters and from his report, apparently was impressed by 
the evidence of good-will and loyalty manifested throughout 
the jurisdiction. He recommends the appointment of a quali- 
fied Companion to write the History of the Grand Chapter of 
Wyoming to be included in the historical record being com- 
piled by the General Grand Chapter. 

This very estimable address closes with a few well-chosen 
words of thanks to the officers of Grand Chapter, with par- 
ticular reference to the splendid work of the Grand Secretary. 

Finances appear to be in a healthy condition, while mem- 
bership conditions are far from discouraging. 

The report on Necrology contains a beautifully worded 
memorial to the memory of that great Mason, M. Ex. Comp. 
Mattison Boyd Jones. 

While we note that a standing committee on Correspond- 
ence appears among the appointments, no reference to a report 
from this Committee appears in the proceedings. 

Following the Election of Officers, Preston C. Duncan was 
regularly installed as Grand High Priest and, of course, Comp. 
Repath, Wyoming's most efficient Grand Secretary, continues 
in that office. 

Place of meeting has been left to the judgment of the new 
Grand High Priest. 

Wyoming's representative in Canada, as has been noted, 
is F. W. Dean, while our interests in Wyoming are in the cap- 
able hands of Richard H. Repath. 

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